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Special Issue "Health Effects of Extreme Weather and Environmental Justice: The Intersecting Peril of Planet and Its Inhabitants"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Climate Change".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2022) | Viewed by 1634

Special Issue Editors

Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Miami, Miami, FL 33136, USA
Interests: health effects of the environment; climate; and extreme weather; time–space modeling of the health effects of air pollution; climate-mediated health effects of air pollution; optimal spatiotemporal sampling; personalized real-time time health risk surveillance; personalize real-time air pollution monitoring; time–space kriging
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Center for Computational Toxicology and Exposure, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, Durham, NC 27711, USA
Interests: development and application of exposure methods, measurements, and models to chemical, physical, and biological stressors within community and occupational settings; application of exposure science in the context of health studies to evaluate environmental determinants of effects that are both salutogenic and adverse (e.g., cancer, neurotoxic, and respiratory); research that is strongly tied to the environmental interests and concerns of communities that identifies and informs environmental justice solutions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Anthropocene is marked by unprecedented alteration of the Earth’s natural systems. Climate change is one such alteration. Extreme weather events are a potent consequence with a host of direct and indirect impacts on the environment and public health for communities across the globe. This threat is exacerbated among vulnerable populations, including socioeconomically disadvantaged and minority communities. We invite scholarly articles that examine this important environmental health intersection of climate-change-related extreme weather and environmental justice. The selected papers will also be invited for oral presentation at the University of Miami Annual Climate and Health Symposium on 14–15 January 2022. The symposium will also provide travel and logistic awards to the selected presenters. The example topics of research for this Special Issue include:

  • Nature and extent of the environmental health threats associated with extreme weathers, such as hurricanes, flooding, drought, and wildfires;
  • Health disparities associated with extreme weather events;
  • Strategies for preventing or mitigating health effects of extreme weather events;
  • Use of retrospective data to predict communities vulnerable to the environmental health effects of climate-mediated extreme weather;
  • Extreme weather mediated/modified health effects of environmental pollutants, e.g., severity and extent of the mortality and morbidity exacerbated due to an increase in environmental pollutants in the aftermath of hurricanes or wildfires or other natural disasters.

Dr. Naresh Kumar
Dr. Timothy J. Buckley
Guest Editors

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind 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 semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2500 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • extreme weathers
  • natural disasters
  • health impacts
  • climate change
  • vulnerable populations and health disparities

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Closing the Knowledge Gap in the Long-Term Health Effects of Natural Disasters: A Research Agenda for Improving Environmental Justice in the Age of Climate Change
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(22), 15365; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph192215365 - 21 Nov 2022
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Natural disasters continue to worsen in both number and intensity globally, but our understanding of their long-term consequences on individual and community health remains limited. As climate-focused researchers, we argue that a publicly funded research agenda that supports the comprehensive exploration of these [...] Read more.
Natural disasters continue to worsen in both number and intensity globally, but our understanding of their long-term consequences on individual and community health remains limited. As climate-focused researchers, we argue that a publicly funded research agenda that supports the comprehensive exploration of these risks, particularly among vulnerable groups, is urgently needed. This exploration must focus on the following three critical components of the research agenda to promote environmental justice in the age of climate change: (1) a commitment to long term surveillance and care to examine the health impacts of climate change over their life course; (2) an emphasis on interventions using implementation science frameworks; (3) the employment of a transdisciplinary approach to study, address, and intervene on structural disadvantage among vulnerable populations. Without doing so, we risk addressing these consequences in a reactive way at greater expense, limiting the opportunity to safeguard communities and vulnerable populations in the era of climate change. Full article
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