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Join us on Tuesday, January 29 for our colloquium series. This talk will feature Robert Davis from the University of Virginia.
About the talk:
Weather and Human Health: The varying impacts of weather on morbidity
and mortality throughout the year
In mid-latitude locations, human mortality and morbidity exhibit strong seasonality, with markedly higher rates for most diseases in winter vs. summer. Major deviations from this seasonal pattern tend to be related to years with significant influenza outbreaks and/or heat waves, both of which are (at least partially) related to climatic factors. Interestingly, whereas the seasonal course of disease is well-known, the underlying drivers are not. In the cold season, a key question is the extent to which influenza transmission and morbidity is related to climatic factors. In the warm season, although the impacts of extreme heat events and heat waves at the MSA scale are well-known, a surprising number of key research questions about heat responses remain unanswered. Robert E. Davis will discuss heat-related mortality, human adaptations to heat stress, and lag factors that can significantly impact modeling results and potential impacts. Additionally, Davis will explore new research on how short-term weather changes induce physiological strain on the respiratory system.
About the speaker:
Robert E. Davis is Professor of Climatology in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia, where he has been on the faculty for 31 years. He has a B.S. (cum laude) in meteorology from Penn State and an M.S. in Geography and Ph.D. in climatology from the University of Delaware. Davis’ research emphases include human biometeorology and synoptic climatology, focusing on large-scale circulation and storms. Professor Davis has twice coauthored award-winning papers from the Climate Specialty Group of the AAG, was twice awarded All-University Teaching Awards from the University of Virginia, and received an Editor’s Award from the American Meteorological Society. He is past Editor of the journal Climate Research, past Chair of the University of Virginia’s Faculty Senate, and served two terms as a Councilor to the International Society of Biometeorology.