Climate, Air Pollution, Nature and Urban Health

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The program aims to strengthen the evidence base in the field of the health effects of climate change and urban exposures, and assess the health co-benefits of climate action. We focus on exposures such as noise, air pollution, temperature and green spaces in outcomes such as premature mortality, cardiovascular and respiratory health and cognitive function. This research is complemented by computational modelling of global climate variations and tipping points and their impact on health. The ultimate objective is to support healthy (urban) living, and forecast and mitigate the health impacts of climate change.

We use tools such as geographical information systems, satellite data and smartphone technology for exposure assessment, participatory citizen science, health impact assessment, computational modelling, and forecasting. Our international leadership extends to areas such as health co-benefits of climate action, green spaces and health, air pollution epidemiology, health impact of urban and transport planning and citizen science and modelling climate variations in infectious disease transmission.

Our Team


  • Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen
    Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen Research Professor, Director of the Urban Planning, Environment and Health Initiative, and Head of the Air pollution and Urban Environment Programme

Principal lnvestigators of the Programme