Climate impacts on human health

Keywords: climate change, malaria, GIS, vector-borne diseases

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PhD project
Climate impacts on malaria dynamics

Our understanding of the impacts of climatic change and variability on human health, and the spread of diseases, remains poor despite the potential burden of an increasing prevalence of vector-borne diseases under global warming. Many confounding social variables make such studies challenging during the modern period while studies of climate–disease relationships in historical times are constrained by the lack of long and reliable data on diseases. Spatial modelling approach shows that both non-climate and climate drivers could play a role in a long-term aspect. In this context, my PhD project aims to address this knowledge gap by studying the link between climate change and malaria fluctuations, as well as characterising the spatiotemporal variations using GIS approach.

Publications

Chen, T.T., Ljungqvist, F.C., Castenbrandt, H. et al. The spatiotemporal distribution of historical malaria cases in Sweden: a climatic perspective. Malar J 20, 212 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12936-021-03744-9

Collaborators

From Sweden
Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist, Dept. of History/Bolin Centre for Climate Research, Stockholm University
Helene Castenbrandt, Dept. of Economic History, Lund University
Franziska Hildebrandt, Dept. of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute, Stockholm University
Johan Ankarklev, Dept. of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute, Stockholm University
Jenny Hesson, Zoonosis Science Center, Dept. of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, Uppsala University
Kristina Seftigen, Dendro SciencesGroup, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Birmensdorf, Switzerland

From Denmark
Mathias Mølbak Ingholt, Dept. of Science and Environment, Roskilde University, Denmark

From Peru
Edilson (Jimmy) Requena-Rojas, Laboratorio de Dendrocronología, Universidad Continental, Huancayo, Peru

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