About the Integrated Human Health and Air Quality Assessment (INHALE)
The international scientific community
has identified the human health consequences of climate change and variability
as an issue of primary concern. The range of related morbidity and mortality effects include those
resulting from extreme heat, storms, floods, vector-borne disease, and poor air quality.
INHALE is a University of New Hampshire coordinated, multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary
integrated assessment focussing
on the relationship between climate, air quality, and human health in New England.
INHALE brings together a group of interdisciplinary researchers who study the relationhsip among climate, air quality, and human heath in collaboration
with individuals and organizations who need additional informaiton to better protect public health. The INHALE project is closely linked with the
NOAA funded AIRMAP project, which seeks to better understand New England's changing climate and air quality.
The INHALE project was established to improve public health by:
- Engaging key stakeholders in a collaborative effort to better define the link among climate, air pollution, and human health;
- Determining the health care and other economic costs associated with air pollution;
- Developing adaptive strategies and creating informed public policy, and providing guidance for various air quality forecasting efforts.
INHALE is currently the primary focus of the New England Integrated Sciences and Assessments (NEISA) project.
Our focus is New England for three reasons:
- The region's air quality is strongly affected by emissions from upwind sources in the Mid-Atlantic and the Midwest (more info);
- New England's asthma prevalence rates are the highest in the nation (more info);
- The AIRMAP project is focussed on developing an improved understanding of the links between weather, cliamte, and air quality in New England.
Dr. Cameron Wake
Climate Change Research Center
Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824
e-mail address: email@example.com
The project is funded primarily by the
Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program in
the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Office of Global Programs.
Other NOAA OGP funded Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments around the United States