It has been estimated that climate change is one of the world’s largest health threats in the current century. The impacts of climate change and mitigation measures on human health and wellbeing have received relatively little research attention in Finland. The impacts may be beneficial or harmful, affecting health directly or indirectly.
The Academy Programme Climate Change and Health aims to provide the knowledge base needed when selecting best practices for adapting to climate change. An essential element in this aim is to utilise the information provided by different climate scenarios about the dynamics of change and regional variation.
The increasing occurrence of extreme weather phenomena such as storms, floods, heat waves and droughts directly affects health and wellbeing. As the climate warms, even animal-transmitted diseases spread effectively, as host organisms are able to expand their habitats further northwards. The increasing spread of plant diseases may, in turn, significantly affect food production, for example. In addition, a high rate of migration will expose Finland to the risk that previously eradicated or new infectious diseases will spread.
Increasing health problems caused by climate change also increase the cost burden to society. Since the health effects of climate change are the sum of many factors, scientific research provides information that can predict both the health effects and the economic risks and uncertainties that they cause. The ability of Finnish society to adapt to the challenges of climate change is comparatively good.
The Academy Programme’s funding budget is 8 million euros. The programme is being prepared with a view to opening a call in April 2019.
Steering group (till 31 Dec 2021)
- Jussi Kukkonen, Research Council for Biosciences, Health and the Environment, chair
- Päivi Atjonen, Research Council for Culture and Society, vice-chair
- Jorma Keskinen, Research Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering
- Markus Perola, Research Council for Biosciences, Health and the Environment
- Maritta Välimäki, Research Council for Biosciences, Health and the Environment
- Pekka Nuorti, University of Tampere
- Markku Ollikainen, University of Helsinki
- Sirpa Wrede, University of Helsinki
Programme Manager Tuula Aarnio
tel. +358 295 335 146
Programme Manager Mikko Ylikangas
tel. +358 295 335 143
Project Officer Sanna Hytönen
tel. +358 295 335 032