Special Issue "Climate Change and Human Health"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 October 2013)
Prof. Dr. Jan C. Semenza
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Tomtebodavägen 11A, 171 83 Stockholm, Sweden
Climate change is here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future, even with immediate reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. A multitude of climate change impacts have already been documented, particularly those on the hydrologic cycle, cryosphere, ecosystems, biodiversity, agriculture, forests, oceans, etc. Climate change impacts in the health sector have also been recognized; they often manifest themselves as an extension or amplification of existing vulnerabilities. Some of these health endpoints include heat-related mortality and morbidity, respiratory diseases, mental health, drowning, vector-, food- or waterborne diseases. Moreover, indirect socio-economic effects that can result in malnutrition, homelessness, refugees, etc. can also have serious health consequences. However, the field suffers from a number of challenges; specifically, the question of attribution presents a number of methodological hurdles. While extreme weather events can statistically be linked to climate change, quantifying the contribution of climate change on individual events is problematic, no less the relative contribution of climate change to the disease burden.
This special issue in IJERPH aims to advance the field of human health impacts of climate change with topical contributions. It aims to synthesise some of these public health issues but also to address the technical challenges. This issue welcomes both quantitative and qualitative studies and is intended to include papers that measure, monitor and describe health impacts. Of particular interest are decision-support tools for identifying and prioritizing risks through surveillance, vulnerability, impact and adaptation assessments. Interventions on climate-sensitive health risks are also of interest, particularly rigorous cost-effectiveness, program, and process evaluations. Monitoring environmental precursors of disease can be used as early warning for health threats and the application of these tools is of great interest to public health practitioners. This special issue represents an effort to capture current developments in the field and provide a forum for cutting edge contributions to the literature.
Prof. Dr. Jan C. Semenza
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Article: A Cross-Sectional, Randomized Cluster Sample Survey of Household Vulnerability to Extreme Heat among Slum Dwellers in Ahmedabad, India
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(6), 2515-2543; doi:10.3390/ijerph10062515
Received: 12 May 2013; in revised form: 5 June 2013 / Accepted: 7 June 2013 / Published: 18 June 2013| Download PDF Full-text (813 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Focusing Resource Allocation-Wellbeing as a Tool for Prioritizing Interventions for Communities at Risk
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(8), 3435-3452; doi:10.3390/ijerph10083435
Received: 3 April 2013; in revised form: 23 July 2013 / Accepted: 25 July 2013 / Published: 6 August 2013| Download PDF Full-text (337 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Extreme Heat and Health: Perspectives from Health Service Providers in Rural and Remote Communities in South Australia
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(11), 5565-5583; doi:10.3390/ijerph10115565
Received: 2 September 2013; in revised form: 18 October 2013 / Accepted: 22 October 2013 / Published: 29 October 2013| Download PDF Full-text (266 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(11), 6096-6105; doi:10.3390/ijerph10116096
Received: 8 October 2013; in revised form: 31 October 2013 / Accepted: 6 November 2013 / Published: 12 November 2013| Download PDF Full-text (251 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Risk Factors, Health Effects and Behaviour in Older People during Extreme Heat: A Survey in South Australia
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(12), 6721-6733; doi:10.3390/ijerph10126721
Received: 9 October 2013; in revised form: 21 November 2013 / Accepted: 22 November 2013 / Published: 3 December 2013| Download PDF Full-text (198 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(12), 6734-6747; doi:10.3390/ijerph10126734
Received: 16 October 2013; in revised form: 19 November 2013 / Accepted: 19 November 2013 / Published: 3 December 2013| Download PDF Full-text (323 KB) | Supplementary Files
Last update: 22 February 2013