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Pufendorf initiative HEAT

HEAT: What are the impacts and solutions of increasing heat on humans and ecosystems?

A Pufendorf Initiative towards a Multidisciplinary Heat Research Collaboration at Lund University

This initiative aims at creating a multi- and cross-disciplinary research platform centered on solutions to the impacts of increasing heat, at the local level, resulting from anthropogenic climate change. That global warming entails increasing warm extremes, something which has already been observed, is a well-established outcome of climate change (IPCC 2013). Heat stress has severe effects on human society, people's health, animals and ecosystems. The heat research programme will by necessity engage scientists from a multitude of disciplines including the natural, engineering, medical, design, social and economic sciences as well as relevant stakeholders. The main objective is that the platform will trigger more cross-departmental collaborations and concrete research ideas under this umbrella. Our vision is to develop solutions that consider a variety of aspects in order to provide a scientifically sound basis for future policy-making addressing this urgent global societal challenge.

The following areas are covered by the people with their specific research interest:

Ecosystems, biodiversity and Modelling of Heat: Centre for Environmental and Climate research, AMH, GIS Centre, Division of Nuclear Physics & Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science
Erik Swietlicki, Professor, Climate modelling and measurements
Petter Pilesjö, Professor, Water, vegetation and migration agriculture, GIS
Kenneth Persson, Professor, Impacts on water systems
Henrik Smith, Professor, Ecosystems/agriculture
Markku Rummukainen, Professor, Climate modelling and scenarios
Ronny Berndtsson, Professor, Impacts on water systems

Housing and urban planning: Ergonomics and Aerosol Technology, LTH & Architecture and Built Environment, LTH
Elisabeth Dahlholm Hornyanszky, Assoc. Professor, Sustainable Urban Planning, Architecture
Catharina Sternudd, Assistant Professor, Architecture, Sustainable Urban Design
Erik Johansson, Assoc. Professor, Sustainable Urban Planning, Architecture
Olof Kolte, Assistant Professor, Industrial Design cyclic thinking and mitigation

Human Health: Ergonomics and Aerosol Technology, LTH & Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Social medicine and Global Health
Kristina Jakobsson, Docent, Professor, Chronic heat exposure
Per-Olof Östergren, Professor, Social medicine and global Health
Maria Albin, Docent, Professor, Elderly, occupational Health
Karin Lundgren, PhD Student, Occupational health & Thermal environment
Kalev Kuklane, Assoc. Professor, Human thermal environment
Chuansi Gao, Assoc. Professor, Human thermal Environment
Kristoffer Mattison, PhD Student, GIS
Tahir Taj, PhD Student, Air pollution, Occupational Health

Migration and behaviours Human Ecology Division, Architecture and Built Environment & Industrial Design, LTH, Water Resources Engineering, LTH
Richard Langlais, Assoc. Professor, Human ecology
Eja Pedersen, Researcher, Environmental Psychology
Marcella Samuels, PhD Student, Human ecology

Socio economic Vulnerability and Resilience: LUCSUS & LU Resilience Centre, Centre for work Health and environment and Econsec
Lennart Olsson, Professor, Geography, climate change impacts and sustainability
Per Becker, Docent, Resilience Sören Höjgård, Docent, Health Economics, Agriculture
Johanna Alkan Olsson, Assistant Professor, Policy and legal, stakeholder participation
Melissa Hansen, Resercher, Water, vulnerability, climate change impacts
Lars Persson, Researcher, Economic security and societal norms

Guest Researcher
Tord Kjellström, Professor, Health and Environment International Trust, Mapua, New Zealand, Occupational heat stress modeling, climate change impacts and prevention

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