Climate-change effects on the epidemiology of infectious diseases and the impacts on Northern Societies (CLINF)

Climate change is first and foremost felt in the northern regions where the rate and magnitude are the greatest. What happens in the Arctic will impact the rest of the world. In a changing climate, ecological alterations will affect the geographical boundaries of microorganisms with the capacity to cause diseases in humans and animals.

Many northern societies depend on animal husbandry, such as sheep and reindeer herding, hunting, fishing and tourism for their livelihoods. Animals also play a central role in culture, art and world views. Therefore, these societies will have to deal with the challenges climate change pose concerning health but also in the view of how to make their living and to their cultural values.

CLINF will address these threats by contributing valuable information on strategies to ensure socio-economic development and viable communities in the North. Climate impacts on the health of both humans and animals have not yet been fully studied, and in this project health is the main focus in terms of health statistics, economic impacts and with gender and traditional knowledge as integrated factors. 

Scientific Publications

Data source: Crossref. The list should not be assumed to represent the complete published research output of the project.

Permafrost Thaw with Thermokarst Wetland-Lake and Societal-Health Risks: Dependence on Local Soil Conditions under Large-Scale Warming

Journal Article published 2019-03-20 in Water volume 11 issue 3
Research funded by NordForsk | Stiftelsen för Miljöstrategisk Forskning
Authors: Jan-Olof Selroos, Hua Cheng, Patrik Vidstrand, Georgia Destouni.

Discrepancies in data reporting of zoonotic infectious diseases across the Nordic countries – a call for action in the era of climate change

Journal Article published 2019-01-01 in International Journal of Circumpolar Health volume 78 issue 1
Research funded by NordForsk
Authors: Anna Omazic, Camilla Berggren, Tomas Thierfelder, Anders Koch, Birgitta Evengard.
Facts about the project

Project number: 76413

Project leader

Professor Birgitta Evengård, University of Umeå

Project website