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Kristin Aunan is a climate scientist addressing the impacts on human health and wellbeing of environmental hazards

Her main research interest is how exposure to heat and air pollution affects human health in different parts of the world and what are viable and equitable interventions to avoid these effects, be it through mitigation or adaptation. She was among the pioneers on research into the air pollution co-benefits of climate change mitigation, with a particular focus on health co-benefits opportunities in emerging economies. She has led several research expeditions to study air pollution exposure among rural and urban populations in China. She is currently the Coordinator of several international interdisciplinary projects on the health effects of climate change in the EU and beyond

  • Dr.scient. (Chemistry), University of Oslo 1998
  • Cand. scient. (biology), University of Oslo 1987
  • 08/2014–08/2016: Professor II at Dept. of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS), UiO
  • 01/2008–12/2015:  Professor II, Department of Chemistry, University of Oslo




Increasing temperatures and heat waves due to climate change, combined with air pollution, constitute major health risks, and could cause an increase in cardiovascular and respiratory diseases across Europe. EXHAUSTION (Exposure to heat and air pollution in Europe – cardiopulmonary impacts and benefits of mitigation and adaptation) aims to quantify the changes in cardiopulmonary mortality and morbidity due to extreme heat and air pollution (including from wildfires) under selected climate scenarios.

EXHAUSTION has its own project website at EXHAUSTION.EU 

Health | Air pollution | Heat waves