Weather, Climate and Health

Scalable, Solution-Oriented Research for Weather and Climate Impacts on Human Health

Traditional healer in Uganda

CSAP scientists are developing scalable, transferable methodologies that quantitatively and qualitatively link high-resolution socio-economic, health, and behavioral data with geophysical data from global climate and mesoscale weather models to better understand the complex interactions among climate processes, ecosystems, and health.

This research focuses on:

  1. Determining appropriate multi-level, multi-disciplinary strategies to reduce negative health outcomes in the face of meteorological variability and climate change
  2. Developing novel approaches to better understand the complex relationships between climate and ecosystems
  3. Educating the next generation of researchers in these complex, interwoven areas

Work has focused in multiple areas thus far, for example:

  • Determining population vulnerability to extreme heat in major cities such as Phoenix, Arizona, Houston, Texas and Toronto, Canada
  • Understanding human–environmental interaction to reduce risk for dengue fever in the United States and Mexico
  • Forecasting onset of rainy season in northern Ghana to help target vaccination dissemination
  • Researching emissions, air quality, climate, and cooking technologies In Northern Ghana
  • Training traditional healers in the West Nile region of Uganda to enhance surveillance for plague
  • Predicting human West Nile virus outbreaks in the United States using meteorological and land use data
  • Modeling the historical and future seasonality of Lyme disease based on meteorological variables.