EGU23-3427, updated on 25 Sep 2023
EGU General Assembly 2023
© Author(s) 2023. This work is distributed under
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Climate and health in the UK: Thinking across hazards and timescales

Dann Mitchell1, Rosa Barciela2, Gareth Griffith1, Antonio Gasparrini3, Eunice Lo1, and Charles Simpson4
Dann Mitchell et al.
  • 1University of Bristol, Bristol, UK,
  • 2Met Office, Exeter, UK
  • 3LSHTM, London, UK
  • 4UCL, London, UK

Weather and climate variability and trends impact health in a range of different ways. In this work I will cover five hazards, heat/drought, cold, storms/flooding, wildfire, and ‘other’ (e.g. hazards related to infectious diseases). I will give a summary of an expert judgment regarding how much various health outcomes associated with these hazards currently impact the UK population, and how this might change in the future. I will discuss how long exposure needs to be to the hazard before the health outcome is detectable. I will finish with highlighting where there are significant gaps in the literature, and where research groups and funding agencies should focus more, not just in the UK context, but the world. 


This work was done through the Met Office academic partnership “temperature and health” group, and involves a group of 50+ experts in climate and/or health. 

How to cite: Mitchell, D., Barciela, R., Griffith, G., Gasparrini, A., Lo, E., and Simpson, C.: Climate and health in the UK: Thinking across hazards and timescales, EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 23–28 Apr 2023, EGU23-3427,, 2023.