Climate & Health


Climate change will have a huge impact on population health outcomes in terms of morbidity, mortality, and disability.

Via direct and indirect impacts, the economic cost of climate change on human health will be substantial globally.

To date, research has addressed the economic cost associated with the health impact of climate change remains fragmented and focuses on single country analysis.

Develop an internally consistent summary measure of the economic burden of climate change regarding morbidity, disability, and mortality for physical and mental conditions.


  • Single summary measure of economic burden of climate change for selected physical and mental conditions


  • Review economic cost estimates of physical and mental conditions across different geographical scales
  • Identify climate change risk factors for physical and mental conditions of interest (based on the WHO Environmental Burden of Disease Series)
  • Estimate the disease burden resulting from a variety of climate change risk factors by region
  • Attribute economic cost


Think about direct and indirect climate burdens, for example:

  • Direct health impact heat waves, cold waves, flooding, drought
  • Indirect health impact of food, water disruption


Phoebe Koundouri

Professor, Athens University of Economics and Business & Technical University of Denmark

Karyn Morrissey

Professor, Technical University of Denmark

Marcella Veronesi

Professor, Technical University of Denmark


Ebun Akinsete

Dr., Senior Researcher, ICRE8, SDU at ATHENA RC, ReSEES AUEB

Konstantinos Dellis

Dr., Post-Doctoral Researcher, "Athena" Research and Innovation Center

Lydia Papadaki

co-Manager, EIT Climate-KIC Greece

Georgios Papayiannis

Lecturer of Computational Mathematics at Hellenic Naval Academy, Department of Naval Sciences, Section of Mathematics

Artemis Stratopoulou

Dr., Athens University of Economics and Business, co-Manager, EIT Climate-KIC Greece

Supporting Projects

The LancetCOVID-19 Commission was launched on July 9, 2020 to assist governments, civil society, and the United Nations institutions to respond effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Commission aims to offer practical solutions to the four main global challenges posed by the pandemic: suppressing the pandemic by means of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions; overcoming humanitarian emergencies, including poverty, hunger, and mental distress, caused by the pandemic; restructuring public and private finances in the wake of the pandemic; and rebuilding the world economy in an inclusive, resilient, and sustainable manner aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement. There are many creative solutions already being implemented, and a key aim of the Commission is to accelerate their adoption worldwide.

More information can be found

ARSINOE: Climate Resilient Regions Through Systemic Solutions and Innovations

PI, Prof. Chrysi Laspidou, University of Thessaly

PI, Prof. Koundouri, Athens University of Economics and Business

PI, Dr. Ebun Akinsete, Athena Research and Innovation Center

PI, Martin Drews, Technical University of Denmark

PI, Prof. Ralf Ludwig, LMU Munich