Human health is strongly connected to climate and weather. Temperature, precipitation, humidity, and other weather characteristics can all negatively affect human health. Examples range from extreme heat exposure to a shift in the geographic range of insects and other disease carriers (called vectors). Current and future changes in extreme events and other impacts of a changing climate will affect health among populations in both the developed and developing world.
To better understand the complex linkages, NCAR researchers have established an internationally recognized, interdisciplinary weather, climate, and health program focused on integrating physical and social sciences and policy. The program addresses a basic need to understand these linkages, leveraging both internal expertise and multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional collaborations. NCAR has physical and social scientists and a strong geographic information system program to conduct spatial analyses, with the long-term goal of generating quantitative models of weather- and climate-related health risks.
NCAR plans to generate quantitative models of weather- and climate-related health risks to
Next steps: Researchers will focus on refining spatial risk analysis through longitudinal studies that more precisely identify areas at risk for health hazards and intervenable factors.
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