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Simons Public Lecture

Event Dates: Wednesday  April 24 - Wednesday  April 24
City: Chapel Hill   State: North Carolina   Country: USA
Event Type: Workshops & Seminars ASA Sponsored: No
The Math of Planet Earth 2013 (MPE2013) Simons Public Lecture Series presents Dr. Francesca Dominici, Professor of Biostatistics in the Harvard School of Public Health and Associate Dean of Information Technology as she presents "The Public Health Impact of Air Pollution and Climate Change" on April 24 at 7 p.m. at the UNC Friday Center in Chapel Hill. Over the next century, climate change is expected to lead to an increase in the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events. Climate change is also expected to impact air pollution. The public health impact of climate change is poorly understood, in part because of numerous factors exhibiting a wide range of uncertainty that underlies estimates of future health risk. To mitigate the public health consequences of climate change we need a comprehensive understanding of how changes in all of the environmental exposures will affect vulnerability in a changing climate. Dominici will review statistical modeling for estimating the public health impact of air pollution and extreme heat both using historical data and climate change future projections. She will link and analyze massive data sets on weather, air pollution, health, and socio-demographic characteristics that are collected at different spatial and temporal resolution. She will present ongoing statistical modeling approaches to address the ambient air pollution levels that will change in response to the altered meteorological conditions arising from climate change; and the health effects of combined exposure to degraded air quality and heat could be more severe than expected based on the individual.
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