The Impact of Climate Change on Global Health

Active Project
The Impact of Climate Change on Global Health

Focus Areas: 

  • Earth Systems
  • Policy Scenarios
  • Climate Policy
  • Air Quality & Health
  • Multi-Sector Dynamics

Existing climate targets neither consider nor identify the impact of successful pathways that also achieve an environment that supports and protects human health. In addition, we have limited knowledge of the landscape of various health risk drivers. This projects aims to assess the relative impact on health (of humans and nature) of global progress towards global temperature targets. Ultimately, these targets with be illustrated with analysis and visualization platforms of the health impacts across the nexus of nature’s resources (i.e. air, water, energy, land) and infrastructure. The main goal is to build upon the Joint Program’s multi-stressor risk-triage platform that will identify, quantify and project the risks from multiple environmental and human-based stressors, influences and impacts on human health as well as actions toward a more resilient and prosperous healthcare infrastructure

The research under this project has been driven by two overarching scientific goals. The first is to build scientific capacity to bear on decision-making and strategic planning. The second is to enhance the scientific basis for action to address future sustainability challenges with a focus on biodiversity and its support of human and environmental well-being. Considering these goals, the project focuses in two areas: 1) studies that go beyond quantifying human impacts alone, and include impacts on the quality and sustainability of Earth’s biodiversity and health; and 2) models and analyses of these impacts are time- and resource-intensive due to their granularity and complexity. Given this, we are developing efficient tools that can be used by decision-makers to understand multi-sectoral overlays and interactions, assess uncertainties, and visualize landscapes of risk.

Funding Sources

Project Leaders

Administration, Faculty
CGCS; Joint Program