China’s Health Weather: Understanding and predicting connections amongst climate, extreme weather, air quality and health consequences; and enhancing China’s climate science and public health human capital 

China's Health Weather

This project addresses the effects and challenges of climate change in China—and its influence on weather and human health. The project also includes collaborations with Chinese scholars, joint symposia, and student exchanges. 

Project Title

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.

Project Summary

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
Peking University
Tsinghua University

See also: 2016

Principal Investigators

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    Peter Huybers

    Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences; and Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

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    Daniel Jacob

    Vasco McCoy Family Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Engineering, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

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    Zhiming Kuang

    Gordon McKay Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

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    Joel Schwartz

    Professor of Environmental Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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    Eli Tziperman

    Pamela and Vasco McCoy Jr. Professor of Oceanography and Applied Physics, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

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    Steven Wofsy

    Abbott Lawrence Rotch Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences