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Seasonal Forecasts, Climatic Change and Human Health

Health and Climate

  • Madeleine C. Thomson
  • Ricardo Garcia-Herrera
  • Martin Beniston


  • Substantive text on the potential role of seasonal forecasting in public health

  • Extensive review of climate and infectious disease

  • Links climate science to policy and practice

  • Ranges from impact on health of short term climate variability to longer term change


Part of the Advances in Global Change Research book series (AGLO, volume 30)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Seasonal Climate Forecasting for Health

  3. Climate Change and Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-133
    2. Yves M. Tourre, Jean P. Lacaux, Antonio Güell, M. LaFaye, Philippe Sabatier, Eliane Coëffier et al.
      Pages 135-141
    3. Kim Knowlton, Christian Hogrefe, Barry Lynn, Cynthia Rosenzweig, Joyce Rosenthal, Patrick L. Kinney
      Pages 143-160
    4. Patrick L. Kinney, Ricardo Garcia-Herrera, Stephen J. Connor
      Pages 203-205
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 207-232

About this book


Awareness that many key aspects of public health are strongly influenced by climate is growing dramatically, driven by new research and experience and fears of climate change and the research needed to underpin policy developments in area is growing rapidly . This awareness has yet to translate into a practical use of climate knowledge by health policy-makers. Evidence based policy and practice is the mantra of the health sector. If climate scientists are to contribute effectively to health policy at local and global scales then careful empirical studies must be undertaken – focused on the needs of the public health policy and decision-makers.

Results presented at the Wengen conference make clear that the science and art of integrating climate knowledge into the control of climate sensitive diseases on a year to year time frame as well as careful assessments of the potential impacts of climate change on health outcomes over longer time frames is advancing rapidly on many fronts. This includes advances in the empirical understanding of mechanisms, methodologies for modeling future impacts, new partnership developments between the health and climate community along with access to relevant data resources, and education and training. In a rapidly evolving field this book provides a snapshot of these emerging themes.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Madeleine C. Thomson
    • 1
  • Ricardo Garcia-Herrera
    • 2
  • Martin Beniston
    • 3
  1. 1.International Research Institute for Climate and SocietyColumbia University LDEOPalisadesUSA
  2. 2.Departamento Fisica de la Terra II Facultad de Ciencias FiscasUniversidad Complutense de MadridMadridSpain
  3. 3.University of GenevaCarouge GenevaSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Seasonal Forecasts, Climatic Change and Human Health
  • Book Subtitle Health and Climate
  • Editors Madeleine C. Thomson
    Ricardo Garcia-Herrera
    Martin Beniston
  • Series Title Advances in Global Change Research
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-6876-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-7747-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4020-6877-5
  • Series ISSN 1574-0919
  • Series E-ISSN 2215-1621
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 232
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Public Health
    Environment, general
    Tropical Medicine
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Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals
Public Health


From the reviews:

"This book links climate changes with public health consequences … . written for policy makers and public health leaders to alert them to the effect of climate change and weather on human health. … This is a valuable contribution to the dialogue between experts in climate change and public health especially related to climate-induced changes in infectious disease patterns and the ability to anticipate and minimize the adverse health consequences of weather-related events." (Jeanne B. Hewitt, Doody’s Review Service, October, 2008)