Current research projects

 

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

Der Klimawandel: Wo wir stehen und was uns erwartet

Kaspar-Ott, I., & Hertig, E. (2021). Der Klimawandel: Wo wir stehen und was uns erwartet. In: Scherer, M., & Berghold, P. Klimakrise und Gesundheit Zu den Risiken einer menschengemachten Dynamik für Leib und Seele. 1. Auflage, V&R Verlag, S. 23-47. https://doi.org/10.13109/9783666407710

Associations between Weather, Air Quality and Moderate Extreme Cancer-Related Mortality Events in Augsburg, Southern Germany

Olschewski, P.; Kaspar-Ott, I.; Koller, S.; Schenkirsch, G.; Trepel, M.; Hertig, E. Associations between Weather, Air Quality and Moderate Extreme Cancer-Related Mortality Events in Augsburg, Southern Germany. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 11737. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182211737

Precipitation Projections over the Indus River Basin of Pakistan for the 21st century using a statistical downscaling framework

Pomee, M.S. and Hertig, E. (2021). Precipitation Projections over the Indus River Basin of Pakistan for the 21st century using a statistical downscaling framework. International Journal of climatology. DOI: 10.1002/joc.7244

Urban multi-model climate projections of intense heat in Switzerland

Burgstall, A., Kotlarski, S., Casanueva, A., Hertig, E., Fischer, E., Knutti, R. (2021): Urban multi-model climate projections of intense heat in Switzerland. Climate Services. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cliser.2021.100228

Assessing local daily temperatures by means of novel analog approaches: a case study based on the city of Augsburg, Germany.

Merkenschlager, C., Koller, S., Beck, C., & Hertig, E. (2021): Assessing
local daily temperatures by means of novel analog approaches: a case
study based on the city of Augsburg, Germany. Theoretical and Applied
Climatology, 1-16.

Temperature Projections over the Indus River Basin of Pakistan Using Statistical Downscaling

Pomee, M. S., & Hertig, E. (2021). Temperature projections over the Indus River Basin of Pakistan using statistical downscaling. Atmosphere, 12(2), 195.

Heat and Ozone Pollution Waves in Central and South Europe—Characteristics, Weather Types, and Association with Mortality.

Hertig, E.; Russo, A.; Trigo, R.M. Heat and Ozone Pollution Waves in Central and South Europe—Characteristics, Weather Types, and Association with Mortality. Atmosphere 2020, 11, 1271.

Modeling and projecting health-relevant combined ozone and temperature events in present and future Central European climate

Jahn, S., Hertig, E. Modeling and projecting health-relevant combined ozone and temperature events in present and future Central European climate. Air Qual Atmos Health (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11869-020-00961-0

A brief introduction to Climate Change and Health

Fairweather, V., Hertig, E. and Traidl‐Hoffmann, C. (2020), A brief introduction to Climate Change and Health. Allergy. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/all.14511

Wie sich der Klimawandel auf unsere Gesundheit auswirkt

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

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