China’s Health Weather:
Understanding and Predicting Connections Between Climate, Extreme Weather, Air Quality, and Health
Developing a causal understanding of how climate change dynamically influences weather and human health is a grand challenge that is urgently connected to China.
This project seeks to understand and predict how climate affects “health weather” in China. Exploration of acute health weather events will be pursued through diagnosing relationships between large-scale climate patterns, their effects on local weather and air pollution, and consequently, their relation to human health. This understanding of current acute conditions will then be merged with projections of climate change to provide insights into changes in chronic health weather over the coming decades.
Developing such a causal understanding of how climate change dynamically influences weather and human health is a grand challenge that is urgently connected to China. The project team has extensive expertise in climate, weather, atmospheric chemistry, and public health, and the project’s approach combines theoretical investigations, model simulations, observational analyses, and field studies. Collaborations with Chinese scholars, joint symposia, and student exchanges will foster China-Harvard connections and aid in meeting this challenge.
Partner Affiliations in China
Nanjing University of International Science and Technology