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.

Latest publications

2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019

2022

Kaspar-Ott, Irena, Olschewski, Patrick, Koller, Stephanie, Hyhlik-Dürr, Alexander, Streck, Elena, Eckstein, Hans-Henning, Radu, Oksana, Hertig, Elke (2022): Determination of the influence of weather and air constituents on aortic aneurysm ruptures. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2022.e09263
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Gäbel, Paul, Koller, Christian, Hertig, Elke (2022): Development of air quality boxes based on low-cost sensor technology for ambient air quality monitoring. https://doi.org/10.3390/s22103830
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Pomee, Muhammad Saleem, Hertig, Elke (2022): Precipitation projections over the Indus River Basin of Pakistan for the 21st century using a statistical downscaling framework. https://doi.org/10.1002/joc.7244
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Pomee, Muhammad Saleem (2022): Statistical downscaling to analyze the impacts of climate change on future water resources of the Indus river basin of Pakistan.
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This cumulative thesis is based upon three international publications to assess the climate response of the highly glacierized river basin of Pakistan.
Jahn, Sally, Hertig, Elke (2022): Using clustering, statistical modeling, and climate change projections to analyze recent and future region‐specific compound ozone and temperature burden over Europe. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021gh000561
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2021

Merkenschlager, Christian, Koller, Stephanie, Beck, Christoph, Hertig, Elke (2021): Assessing local daily temperatures by means of novel analog approaches: a case study based on the city of Augsburg, Germany. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00704-021-03605-0
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Olschewski, Patrick, Kaspar-Ott, Irena, Koller, Stephanie, Schenkirsch, Gerhard, Trepel, Martin, Hertig, Elke (2021): Associations between weather, air quality and moderate extreme cancer-related mortality events in Augsburg, Southern Germany. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182211737
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Kaspar-Ott, Irena, Hertig, Elke (2021): Der Klimawandel: wo wir stehen und was uns erwartet. https://doi.org/10.13109/9783666407710.23
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Pomee, Muhammad Saleem, Hertig, Elke (2021): Temperature projections over the Indus River Basin of Pakistan using statistical downscaling. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos12020195
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Straub, Annette, Fricke, Verena, Olschewski, Patrick, Seubert, Stefanie, Beck, Christoph, Bayr, Daniela, Kolek, Franziska, Plaza, Maria P., Leier-Wirtz, Vivien, Kaschuba, Sigrid, Traidl-Hoffmann, Claudia, Buermann, Wolfgang, Gerstlauer, Michael, Damialis, Athanasios, Philipp, Andreas (im Druck): The phenomenon of thunderstorm asthma in Bavaria, Southern Germany: a statistical approach. https://doi.org/10.1080/09603123.2021.1985971
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Burgstall, Annkatrin, Kotlarski, Sven, Casanueva, Ana, Hertig, Elke, Fischer, Erich, Knutti, Reto (2021): Urban multi-model climate projections of intense heat in Switzerland. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cliser.2021.100228
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2020

Fairweather, Victoria, Hertig, Elke, Traidl-Hoffmann, Claudia (2020): A brief introduction to climate change and health [Letter]. https://doi.org/10.1111/all.14511
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Schilling, Janpeter, Hertig, Elke, Tramblay, Yves, Scheffran, Jürgen (2020): Climate change vulnerability, water resources and social implications in North Africa. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10113-020-01597-7
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Hertig, Elke (2020): Health-relevant ground-level ozone and temperature events under future climate change using the example of Bavaria, Southern Germany. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11869-020-00811-z
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Hertig, Elke, Russo, Ana, Trigo, Ricardo M. (2020): Heat and ozone pollution waves in Central and South Europe - characteristics, weather types, and association with mortality. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos11121271
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Hertig, Elke, Meisinger, Christa, Schneider, A., Peters, A., Scheidt, Wolfgang von, Kuch, B. (2020): Meteorologische Faktoren gesundheitsrelevanter troposphärischer Ozonkonzentrationen am Bespiel täglicher Herzinfarktfälle in der Region Augsburg.
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Jahn, Sally, Hertig, Elke (2020): Modeling and projecting health-relevant combined ozone and temperature events in present and future Central European climate. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11869-020-00961-0
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Pomee, Muhammad Saleem, Ashfaq, Moetasim, Ahmad, Bashir, Hertig, Elke (2020): Modeling regional precipitation over the Indus River basin of Pakistan using statistical downscaling. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00704-020-03246-9
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Allahbakhshian-Farsani, Pezhman, Vafakhah, Mehdi, Khosravi-Farsani, Hadi, Hertig, Elke (2020): Regional flood frequency analysis through some machine learning models in semi-arid regions. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11269-020-02589-2
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Merkenschlager, Christian, Hertig, Elke (2020): Seasonal assessments of future precipitation extremes in the Mediterranean area considering nonstationarities in predictor-predictand relationships. https://doi.org/10.3354/cr01590
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Hertig, Elke (2020): Verbreitung von Anopheles-Vektoren der Malaria im europäischen und mediterranen Raum bis Ende des 21. Jahrhunderts.
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Kaspar-Ott, Irena, Hertig, Elke, Traidl-Hoffmann, Claudia, Fairweather, Victoria (2020): Wie sich der Klimawandel auf unsere Gesundheit auswirkt. https://doi.org/10.1007/s15033-020-1836-z
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2019

Hertig, Elke, Schneider, Alexandra, Peters, Annette, Scheidt, Wolfgang von, Kuch, Bernhard, Meisinger, Christa (2019): Association of ground-level ozone, meteorological factors and weather types with daily myocardial infarction frequencies in Augsburg, Southern Germany. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2019.116975
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Hertig, Elke (2019): Distribution of Anopheles vectors and potential malaria transmission stability in Europe and the Mediterranean area under future climate change. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13071-018-3278-6
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Ring, Christoph, Pollinger, Felix, Keupp, Luzia, Kaspar-Ott, Irena, Hertig, Elke, Jacobeit, Jucundus, Paeth, Heiko (2019): Effect of diversified performance metrics and climate model weighting on global and regional trend patterns of precipitation and temperature. https://doi.org/10.3112/erdkunde.2019.04.04
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Rivoire, Pauline, Tramblay, Yves, Neppel, Luc, Hertig, Elke, Vicente-Serrano, Sergio M. (2019): Impact of the dry-day definition on Mediterranean extreme dry-spell analysis. https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-19-1629-2019
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Widmann, Martin, Bedia, Joaquin, Gutiérrez, José M., Bosshard, Thomas, Hertig, Elke, Maraun, Douglas, Casado, María J., Ramos, Petra, Cardoso, Rita M., Soares, Pedro M. M., Ribalaygua, Jamie, Pagé, Christian, Fischer, Andreas M., Herrera, Sixto, Huth, Radan (2019): Validation of spatial variability in downscaling results from the VALUE perfect predictor experiment. https://doi.org/10.1002/joc.6024
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Keupp, Luzia, Hertig, Elke, Kaspar-Ott, Irena, Pollinger, Felix, Ring, Christoph, Paeth, Heiko, Jacobeit, Jucundus (2019): Weighted multi-model ensemble projection of extreme precipitation in the Mediterranean region using statistical downscaling. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00704-019-02851-7
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Kaspar-Ott, Irena, Hertig, Elke, Kaspar, Severin, Pollinger, Felix, Ring, Christoph, Paeth, Heiko, Jacobeit, Jucundus (2019): Weights for general circulation models from CMIP3/CMIP5 in a statistical downscaling framework and the impact on future Mediterranean precipitation. https://doi.org/10.1002/joc.6045
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