- 01/12/2020 - 30/11/2025
- Joan Ballester
- Funded by
- European Research Council (ERC)
EARLY-ADAPT (“Signs of Early Adaptation to Climate Change”) is a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant (CoG), whose overarching aim is to jointly analyse the environmental, socioeconomic and demographic drivers of recent trends in human health. Its driving hypothesis is that societies are starting to adapt to climate change, but the effectiveness of early adaptation is heterogeneous in space and time. The project will allow to detect, understand and quantify the inequalities in adaptation between countries, regions, cities and social groups.
Environmental factors kill hundreds of thousands of Europeans every year. Climate change is an additional threat for public health, and adaptation an essential strategy of increasing importance. Societies are devoting efforts in adaptation, but evidence of effectiveness is still lacking. A unified framework integrating disciplines is the solution to finally understand the drivers of early adaptation to climate change.
After creating a continental-wide database of human health in Europe, EARLY-ADAPT will model the relationship between health and the environment, and then quantify the modifying effect of the societal factors. Finally, a predictability analysis will be performed to determine the most realistic adaptation scenarios for the projections of future health.
Idea and Novelty
To estimate the real health burden, EARLY-ADAPT will perform a numerically-intensive, epidemiological analysis between daily spatiotemporal datasets. This will include multiple health outcomes, together with climate variability, seven air pollutants, desert dust and influenza. The project will use different layers of data, and multiscale local regression techniques, to analyse the scales and spatial heterogeneity of the drivers.
The continental-wide, multi-factor, multi-scale framework of EARLY-ADAPT will connect a range of disciplines to reveal the drivers, and the inequalities, of early adaptation to climate change. But beyond that, the project will create knowledge by developing a novel, integrated method for environmental health in Europe, which will stimulate new research ideas in a range of disciplines.
- Achebak H, Devolder D, Ingole V, Ballester J. Nature Communications 11, 2457 (2020)
- Achebak H, Devolder D, Ballester J. The Lancet Planetary Health 3, E297-E306 (2019)
- Ballester J, Robine JM, Herrmann FR, Rodó X. Nature Communications 19, 679 (2019)
- Achebak H, Devolder D, Ballester J. PLOS Medicine 15, e1002617 (2018)
- Ballester J, Rodó X, Robine JM, Herrmann FR. Nature Climate Change 6, 927-930 (2016)
- Ballester J, Robine JM, Herrmann FR, Rodó X. Nature Communications 2, 358 (2011)
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Cardiovascular Health effects of Air pollution in Andhra Pradesh, India
Engaging Citizens in Science: Promoting the Viability of Participatory Sensing for Monitoring Air and Environmental Quality
The international Mind, Activities and urban Places in Barcelona study (iMAP Barcelona study): Building the evidence base on the relationships between environment, active living and cognitive health
Integrating Environment and Health Research: a Vision for the EU
Impact of the health crisis due to COVID-19 on Physical Activity and Mental Health in Spain
Population based multicasecontrol study on common tumours in Spain
Ageing Lungs in European Cohorts
Physical Activity as a Crucial Patient Reported Outcome in COPD
Network on the Coordination and Harmonisation of European Occupational Cohorts
Impact Of Pollution on Asthma and Rhinitis
Severe respiratory failure in COVID-19: clinical, biological and imaging risk factors
Leveraging the European Genome-Phenome Archive (EGA) for Industry and Society
Connecting digital mobility assessment to clinical outcomes for regulatory and clinical endorsement
Cohorte Covid-19 en Cataluña
Exposure to emerging contaminants in drinking water in Barcelona potentially liked to chronic diseases and wellbeing
Las Voces de los Afectados por la Nefropatía Mesoamericana
Co-created educational programme for dyspnea-bearing patients and their caregivers
Risk of colorectal and breast cancer with widespread drinking water chemical contaminants
Arctic Impact on Weather and Climate
Health Sector Engagement for the Copernicus Climate Change Services: Translating European Users Requirements
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