Changes in climate brings changes in the distribution and growth of animals and plants,
changes in disease relationships, changes in land use, changes in marine animal
and ecosystem stressors such as disease, water quality. The Center for Human Health
Risk develops new methods and approaches to evaluate and forecast these changes.
The goal is to understand and predict how the condition of these waters and ecosystems
positively or negatively affects human health and well-being, particularly as climate
changes. It is important to predict the impacts in order to plan to prevent or mitigate
the consequences. Communicating up-to-date information to environmental and public
health managers, elected officials and citizens will allow everyone to make the
best decisions for themselves, others, and the planet.