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

2023 | 2022 | 2021

2023

Hertig, Elke, Jahn, Sally, Kaspar‐Ott, Irena (2023): Future local ground‐level ozone in the European area from statistical downscaling projections considering climate and emission changes. https://doi.org/10.1029/2022ef003317
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Merkenschlager, Christian, Hertig, Elke, Simon, Jonathan, Beck, Christoph (2023): High-resolution intra-urban assessments of future heat events and heat waves for the city of Augsburg, Germany. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2023.101472
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2022

Klünder, Vera, Schwenke, Paula, Hertig, Elke, Jochem, Carmen, Kaspar-Ott, Irena, Schwienhorst-Stich, Eva-Maria, Stauch, Lisa, Coenen, Michaela (2022): A cross-sectional study on the knowledge of and interest in Planetary Health in health-related study programmes in Germany. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2022.937854
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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.
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 (2022): The phenomenon of thunderstorm asthma in Bavaria, Southern Germany: a statistical approach. https://doi.org/10.1080/09603123.2021.1985971
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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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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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