U.S. Web Tool Aims to Bolster Research on Climate and Health Links

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The Obama Administration last week introduced an online tool to improve research into the link between climate change and human health and promote innovative responses to future threats.

As climate change triggers more extreme weather events and temperature shifts, it is becoming increasingly important to determine how these changes will affect respiratory illnesses, infectious diseases, allergies, and other human ailments, said Tom Armstrong, executive director of the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

Writing on the department’s blog, Armstrong said the so-called Metadata Access Tool for Climate and Health, or MATCH, will provide an accessible portal of metadata from more than 9,000 health, environment and climate science data sets.

“MATCH will help researchers and public health officials integrate the latest information from across environmental and health disciplines in order to inform more effective responses to climate and health threats,” he said. For instance, scientists will be able to more quickly access information on flooding frequency in a certain region and incidences of waterborne diseases to determine a possible correlation, Armstrong said.

Article appearing courtesy Yale Environment 360.

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