Global Environmental Change and Human Health
Type of Structure: program
Regional Scope: global
Parent Organisations: FutureEarth, ESSP
Child Organisations:
Duration : 2006 to 2020
Contact Address: Mr. Martin Rice
PhD Candidate
Department of Environment and Geography
Macquarie University

Phone: +61-2-9850-8389
e-Mail: martin.rice(at)

holding an official function in GECHH

General information and objectives

  • Identify and quantify health risks posed by GEC, now and in the reasonably foreseeable (scenario) future
    • Develop methods of modelling/understanding tradeoffs between economic development, environmental change and human health
    • Take account of the roles of culture, social institutions and technology choices in modulating health risks, affecting vulnerability and influencing policy response
  • Describe spatial (geographic, inter-population) and temporal differences in health risks, to better understand vulnerabilities and priorities for interventions
  • Develop adaptation strategies for reducing health risks, assess their cost-effectiveness, and communicate results (esp. to decision-makers)

These objectives will be achieved by articulating the implementation strategy for this Joint Project around the following integrated themes that examine the relationships between Global Environmental Change and Human Health:
  • Atmospheric composition changes and their health impacts
    • Climate change and health
    • Stratospheric ozone depletion and health
  • Land Use/Land Cover changes and human health issues
  • Infectious disease and Global Environmental Changes
    • Land use/land cover change and vector/rodent-borne infectious diseases
    • Changes in human-animal relationships and emergence/spread of zoonoses
    • Food-borne, water-borne and other infectious diseases
  • Food-producing systems and health
  • Urbanisation and health
  • Vulnerability and adaptability: formal assessment of the situational and constitutional susceptibility of the at-risk community or population, and of the social and institutional resources available for reducing that susceptibility and coping with adverse health impacts.

For further details, link to the GECHH Home Page
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Last update: 2/18/15
Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2020)

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