FSU researcher nets $1M to help communities adapt to health risks spurred by climate change

Researchers are looking at how climate change is affecting a variety of health issues, such as mosquito-borne illnesses.

A Florida State University researcher has received a $1 million grant to help communities build resilience to health threats emerging as a result of climate change.

Associate Professor of Geography Chris Uejio will lead the two-year project, which will have three parts. Researchers will build an extensive climate impacts analysis and then also develop an aspirational climate and health adaption plan. The third part will be determining how researchers can support municipalities, state health departments and community groups that are becoming more interested in how climate and environment affects human health.

WHY IT MATTERS: Climate change is driving a myriad of issues that can have an adverse impact on human health. These include extreme heat waves, wildfires and infectious diseases. Even the time it takes for cold-blooded mosquitos — which carry a variety of diseases — to reproduce is affected by temperature.

WHO’S INVOLVED: Uejio will lead the project and be joined by Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning Tisha Joseph Holmes and Assistant State Climatologist Emily Powell.

WHERE’S THE MONEY COMING FROM: The Centers for Disease Control is funding this two-year project.