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Impact of climate change on the transport, fate and risk management of viral pathogens in water

Objective

The use of hydrological models to determine the effects of climate change on the variation in viral flux, and therefore in risk associated with viral disease, constitutes a novel approach to the management of water-related disease. Tools developed in previous EU Projects will be used to conduct case studies on five selected sites (in Sweden, Spain, Hungary, Greece and Brazil) vulnerable to climate change (principally rainfall events), and the empirical baseline data accrued will be used in mathematical models constructed to estimate changes in exposure under defined conditions. Exposure levels will then be used to estimate risk of disease associated with such changes. Tools will include novel methods for processing of sewage, effluent and water samples, for quantitative detection of the target viruses, and for the determination of the source (human or animal) of viral pollution. Models will be adapted from existing epidemiological models for viral disease in the community, or will be generated de novo as required. Bacterial faecal indicator analysis will permit the determination of any relationships between virus levels and water quality standards, and also between changes in virus concentration in water and risk to public health activities, such as bathing in polluted water or consumption of shellfish.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/hydrology
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/public and environmental health
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/virology
  • /natural sciences/mathematics/applied mathematics/mathematical model
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/crisis management
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/atmospheric sciences/climatology/climatic changes

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2009-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY
Address
Visualisation Centre Penglais
SY23 3BF Aberystwyth
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 537 664,40
Administrative Contact
Emyr Huw Reynolds (Mr.)

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 398 116
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585
08007 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rosina Girones (Prof.)
VELINDRE NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE TRUST
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 45 000
Address
Parc Nantgarw-charnwood Court 2
CF15 7QZ Cardiff
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roland Salmon (Dr.)
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 302 004
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Apostolos Vantarakis (Prof.)
UMEA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 494 624
Address
Universitetomradet
901 87 Umea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Annika Allard (Dr.)
FUNDACAO OSWALDO CRUZ
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 245 604
Address
Avenida Brasil 4365
21040 900 Rio De Janeiro
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pedro Ribeiro Barbosa (Dr.)
NEMZETI NEPEGESZSEGUGYI KOZPONT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 242 004
Address
Albert Florian Ut 2-6
1097 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mihaly Kadar (Dr.)
FUNDACIO INSTITUT CATALA DE CIENCIES DEL CLIMA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 156 000
Address
Carrer Doctor Trueta 203 3R Pis
08005 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Oriol Palom (Mr.)