Project title: Translating climate service information into personalized adaptation strategies to cope with thermal climate stress
Lead PI: Chuansi Gao, Lund University, Sweden
- Lars Nybo, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
- Jørn Toftum, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
- Hein Daanen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Duration: 36 months (1 September 2017 - 31 August 2020)
Funding agencies: ERA4CS, FORMAS, IFD, NWO
Budget: 1 141 000 €
Heat waves and cold spells have severe health consequences - increasing deaths and illnesses, especially for vulnerable groups such as the elderly. Heat and cold also affects health and productivity of millions of European workers. Climate change will increase the frequency and intensity of these extreme weather events.
Improvements in climate services – the quality and delivery method of weather and climate information - are therefore necessary in order to help minimize the negative impact of these events. However, the impact of heat and cold stress on health and productivity are dependent not only on climate factors, but also on human physiology, body heat production, and clothing. Clothing influences the heat exchange between the human body and the environment. For the purpose of warning and preparedness, weather forecasts will be more valuable if combined with individual characteristics and translated into personalized adaptation strategies.
In this project, researchers and stakeholders from climate services and end-user organizations will collaborate with physiologists, protective clothing and hydration experts, sociologists and engineers. The overall aim is to develop an advanced App that integrates weather forecast information into a human heat balance model. The model will combine individual user characteristics and physiology to provide a user-friendly and interactive mobile tool to improve decision-making for adaptation strategies. The ClimApp is expected to provide timely and relevant guidelines for individuals and the public and private sectors, so that they can take actions to improve health, climate adaptation capability and productivity when facing climate challenges.