DIMACS Workshop on Climate and Health

January 21 - 22, 2010
DIMACS Center, CoRE Building, Rutgers University

Nina Fefferman, DIMACS, fefferman (at) aesop.rutgers.edu
Presented under the auspices of the Special Focus on Computational and Mathematical Epidemiology.
Major heat waves in cities and increased frequency and severity of storms and floods are just some of the impacts that climate change might bring about and that we have begun to see. This informal workshop will concentrate on the effects of such extreme events on human health. This is in contrast to an earlier DIMACS workshop on Climate and Disease, which concentrated on the present and future impact of climate change on infectious disease, for instance the presence of Malaria in areas where it hasn't been found recently and the increased presence of vector-borne and water-borne diseases. That workshop examined the role that theory and mathematical (epidemiological) models can play in advancing the understanding and prediction of the coupling between two highly nonlinear phenomena: climate and infectious disease dynamics. The new workshop will concentrate on planning for and responding to extreme events arising from climate change, in order to protect the health of the most vulnerable populations by finding optimal strategies for evacuations, rolling blackouts, and selective application of pest control measures.

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