Landscape Characteristics Influence Risk of Adverse Health Effects, Study Confirms

Dr. Tarik Benmarhnia, an affiliated researcher at the Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation, co-authored a systematic review quantifying the effect of landscape characteristics on levels of adverse health effects detected during periods of high ambient temperatures. The authors identified eleven papers, and used a meta-analysis to synthesize the association between microclimate indicators and documented health effects. The findings showed that people in hotter areas had a 6% greater risk of morbidity/mortality, and those with less vegetation had a 5% greater risk.

The paper, “Modification of the association between high ambient temperature and health by urban microclimate indicators: A systematic review and meta-analysis” published by Elsevier Ltd., is available for free access through the National Center for Biotechnology Information under the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Read the full paper here.

Learn more about Dr. Benmarhnia and other research affiliates here.

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