Public Health and Climate

Global Food Security

Research published in Science has highlighted the potentially deleterious effects of climate change on global food security. As defined by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, food security has a number of components.  These include food availability, access and utilization…

Cascading Complexity: Models, Tsetse, Climate Change and Agriculture

Joe Messina documents his work in East Africa where researchers look at the data like the tsetse would, selecting habitats based on desirable conditions of rainfall, temperature and soil moisture. The MSU team developed a model programmed to identify the most attractive habitats and predict the time when the pests could arrive in those places. This information creates a more effective eradication campaign, Messina says, attacking insects where they are in the present, rather than where they were a few years ago.

Local Hydrologic and Meteorologic Constraints on Infectious Disease Transmission

Jeffrey Shaman studies the intersection of climate, atmospheric science, hydrology and biology. His talk covers the environmental determinants of infectious disease transmission and in particular, how hydrologic variability affects mosquito ecology and mosquito-borne disease transmission, and how atmospheric conditions impact …

Climate and the Seasonality of Respiratory Infections: A Conundrum Across Latitudes

Wladimir Alonso explains the scientific possibilities and challenges in the investigation of the seasonal patterns of diseases in general and respiratory infections in particular. A demonstration of how students can reveal original epidemiological patterns by exploring ancient and contemporary datasets is demonstrated with the help of a free analytical software developed by the author.

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