Climate and Health


CCASS Theme Leads: Kacey Ernst and Mona Arora

Human health is strongly influenced by changing climate conditions; both gradual changes brought about by increasing global temperatures that impact weather patterns and the increasing intensity of extreme weather events. These climate effects on health include relatively direct impacts such as increasing frequencies of extreme heat events and flooding and more indirect impacts on air and water quality and the distribution of disease vectors. UA/CCASS experts focus on understanding underlying social and environmental conditions that lead to vulnerability in populations, as well as the physical drivers and impacts of climate change that negatively affect health. We specialize in working with stakeholders to develop predictions and decision-support tools that can be useful for adaptation planning.