Research

Objectives

Climate change affects health through complex mechanisms that include shifts in the global atmosphere, in regional ecology, in social structures, and in human exposures and behaviors. Our research aims to elucidate these mechanisms, to identify the precise role that climate plays in long-term health trends, and to project future impacts by modeling plausible climate scenarios.

We also study the local health benefits that can be achieved when actions are taken to reduce greenhouse pollutants, such as CO2, methane, and black carbon.  Many policies that reduce emissions of such pollutants also deliver immediate and localized environmental co-benefits, such as lower rates of asthma. The Program is developing and applying new methods to assess health co-benefits of emerging climate mitigation policies at local, regional, and global  scales.

Projects
 

CCRUN: Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast

Investigators: Patrick Kinney and Haruka Morita
Funded by NOAA, NIH, Columbia Climate and Health Program, ClimAid

 

The ENSO-mediterranean teleconnection

Investigator: Jeffrey Shaman
Funded by NSF

 

Virome of NYC

Investigator: Jeffrey Shaman
Funded by NIH
 

Influenza outbreak prediction

Investigators: Jeffrey Shaman and Wan Yang
Funded by NIH and NSF

 

Intervening to improve birth weight and infant respiratory health in rural Ghana

Investigators: Patrick Kinney, Darby Jack, and Ashlinn Quinn
Funded by NIH

 

The role of airborne dust and climate in meningococcal Meningitis outbreaks in the Sahel

Investigator: Madeleine Thomson
Funded by NIH

 

Increasing net annual temperature-related mortality in a warming climate

Investigator: Patrick Kinney
Funded by NIH

 

Climate, pollen and allergic diseases

Investigators: Patrick Kinney and Kate Weinberger
Funded by NIH

 

Black Carbon Exposure, DNA Methylation, Airway Inflammation in Pediatric Asthma

Affiliated Investigators: Rachel Miller
Funded by NIH

 

Children’s Health and Vulnerability to Heat and Ozone in New York City

Affiliated Investigator: Perry Sheffield
Funded by NIH

 

The impact of environmental conditions on the productivity of agricultural workers

Investigator: Matthew Neidell
Funded by NIH/NIEHS