Current research projects
- Health effects of air constituents and meteorological conditions
- DFG Project Urban Climate Change: Scenarios of System Events
- Modelling of health relevant combined tropospheric ozone and temperature events in Europe
The professorship "Regional Climate Change and Health" is located in the field of Environmental Health Sciences at the interface between physical climate research and health sciences. The professorship addresses the local to regional effects of climate factors on human health and their changes in the context of global climate change. Information on regional and local scales are essential for developing and implementing measures in the field of health care and health management.
The main research foci of the professorship are the influence of extreme weather types and events as well as air substances on human health. Besides the observational analysis of the relationships between the atmospheric environment and health, it is essential to provide high-resolution regional to local assessments of climate change and its manifestations. The focus is on the questions how atmospheric conditions influence human well-being and health and on the variability of these relationships.
Methodologically, process studies, statistical modelling and projection of the spatial distribution and temporal dynamics of health-relevant climate factors are used. Relevant system elements of the anthroposphere are also considered. Due to the high dynamics of urbanisation in the 21st century and the particular vulnerability of cities with regard to climatic changes, the studies are mainly conducted with regard to urban areas.
In a further research focus, the professorship is concerned with the topic of climate and environmental factors of vector-borne diseases, i.e. the propagation of diseases spread by pathogen-carrying organisms.
Kaspar-Ott, Irena, Hertig, Elke, Traidl-Hoffmann, Claudia, Fairweather, Victoria (2020): Wie sich der Klimawandel auf unsere Gesundheit auswirkt. Pneumo News, 12(4), 38-41. https://doi.org/10.1007/s15033-020-1836-z
Modeling regional precipitation over the Indus River basin of Pakistan using statistical downscaling
Pomee, M.S., Ashfaq, M., Ahmad, B., Hertig, E. Modeling regional precipitation over the Indus River basin of Pakistan using statistical downscaling. Theor Appl Climatol (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00704-020-03246-9
Health-relevant ground-level ozone and temperature events under future climate change using the example of Bavaria, Southern Germany
Hertig, E. Health-relevant ground-level ozone and temperature events under future climate change using the example of Bavaria, Southern Germany. Air Qual Atmos Health (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11869-020-00811-z