CICERO - Senter for klimaforskning

CLINF: Climate-change effects on the epidemiology of infectious diseases and the impacts on Northern societies

Climate change is first and foremost felt in the northern regions where the rate and magnitude are the greatest. What happens in the Arctic will impact the rest of the world. In a changing climate, ecological alterations will affect the geographical boundaries of microorganisms with the capacity to cause diseases in humans and animals.

Many northern societies depend on animal husbandry, such as sheep and reindeer herding, hunting, fishing and tourism for their livelihoods. Animals also play a central role in culture, art and world views. Therefore, these societies will have to deal with the challenges climate change pose concerning health but also in the view of how to make their living and to their cultural values.

CLINF will address these threats by contributing valuable information on strategies to ensure socio-economic development and viable communities in the North. Climate impacts on the health of both humans and animals have not yet been fully studied, and in this project health is the main focus in terms of health statistics, economic impacts and with gender and traditional knowledge as integrated factors.