Translating climate service into personalized adaptation strategies to cope with thermal climate stress
Extreme weather events such as heat waves and cold spells are societal challenges. The impacts of extreme weather on human health are dependent not only on climate factors, but also on individual factors. The overall aim of this project is to develop an advanced mobile phone app that integrates weather forecast data into human heat balance models. The app will predict body responses, to provide health risk warning and advice for individuals, public and private sectors, to support decision-making for adaptation strategies, and to improve the quality of life, health and productivity when facing climate challenges.
ClimApp provides human health risk warnings and advice for adaptation strategies.In connection with weather forecast, ClimApp covers the range of temperatures from -50 to +50 °C.
The warning and advice are based on heat stress index and human body heat balance models.The impacts of extreme weather on human health are dependent not only on climate factors, but also on individual factors such as acclimatization to heat, activity intensity, clothing, etc.
I am Chuansi Gao, PhD, Associate professor at Lund Universtiy, Sweden and I am coordinator of the ClimApp project. I check weather forecast everyday and find it especially exciting if the weather forecast (environmental information) is combined with human thermal physiology. The integrated mobile tool can improve and personalize the predicted effects of extreme weather events on health. My main research interest is in the impact of climate on human health, quality of life, comfort and productivity; development of protective measures and adaptation strategies to protect and prevent workers and vulnerable population from extreme weather events.
The competence of the consortium is of a multidisciplinary nature. Lund University (LU), Sweden is in charge of project coordination, overall monitoring and management to ensure the integration of various parts of the ClimApp. University of Copenhagen (KU), Denmark leads the implementation of the ClimApp, liaises and collaborate with climate service providers and EU H2020 HEAT-SHIELD project consortium. Technical University of Denmark (DTU) contributes to the development of technical platform of the ClimApp and to the integration of indoor climate and thermal comfort model. VU University Amsterdam (VU) is responsible for the integration of individual physiological characteristics into ClimApp.
The Regional Public Health Services Gelderland-Midden (VGGM), The Netherlands are public health service providers who participate as a stakeholder and user, contribute to the project with knowledge on both risk communication to all age group users as well as expertise on preventive youth health care. Meteo Swiss, Switzerland participates as a stakeholder and a climate service provider through EU Heat-Shield network to support ClimApp.
Companies involved in the project are FritsdorfSport, experts in smartphone hydration app development and exercise performance.
All publications can be found on the project website: https://www.lth.se/climapp/dissemination/publications/
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