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Drivers of spatiotemporal variation in temperature-related morbidity and mortality in Europe: analysing early adaptation to climate change

Project description

Understanding how climate change impacts EU citizens’ health

Europe is warming faster than the rest of the world. This is expected to increase the heat-related burden of disease (morbidity and mortality). The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) TEMP-MOMO project will explore the effects of climate change on human health, particularly locally. This knowledge gap delays local and regional authorities’ adaptation efforts. It will evaluate the evolution of morbidity and mortality risk and burden linked to ambient temperatures and its key demographic and socioeconomic factors in France and Spain. The project will create a database consisting of daily death and hospital admission counts, and climate, demographic and socioeconomic datasets. An interactive mapping tool will provide authorities with easy access to data and climate risk profiles.


Europe emerges as a major climate warming hotspot. The temperature rise in the region has occurred at a rate faster than any other continent in recent decades, with 2020 being the warmest year on record at more than 1.6°C above the period between 1981 and 2010. Such a change in temperature has serious implications for health, wellbeing and quality of life of the European populations, as warmer conditions are expected to contribute to an increase (decrease) in heat-related (cold-related) burden of disease (morbidity and mortality). However, there is still insufficient understanding of the impacts of climate change on human health throughout the European Union, particularly at local level, and this gap in knowledge continues to hinder adaptation efforts of the local and regional authorities (LRA). The purpose of TEMP-MOMO is to assess the recent evolution in morbidity and mortality risk and burden associated with ambient temperatures and its main demographic and socioeconomic drivers in France and Spain, using a multi-scale spatial analysis approach. Towards this aim, TEMP-MOMO will generate a massive database with daily counts of death and hospital admissions, together with the best available climate, demographic and socioeconomic datasets. The project will greatly contribute to the EU Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change by addressing knowledge gaps and providing customised data and tools that help decision makers to take informed decisions at all levels of governance from local to country level to protect human health. Specifically, by the end of the project all the local administrative units (LAU) and regions (NUTS) in France and Spain will have easy access to data and climate risk profiles through an interactive mapping tool, the “Temperature and Health Vulnerability Atlas”, to better prepare for climate change related shocks and disruptions.


Net EU contribution
€ 195 914,88
75654 Paris

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