Climate Changes and Zoonotic Epidemiology in Wildlife Systems (ZEWS)
About the project
Among the most serious effects of climate change is its capacity to drastically alter the ecology of diseases that are vectors-borne, have wildlife and/or environmental reservoirs (WVE diseases). Theory and observation suggest that disease outbreaks can result from gradual changes in transmission, susceptibility, host or vector density, resulting in tipping points where epidemiological characteristics suddenly change. The understanding required to plan and implement mitigation strategies for WVE diseases requires broad interdisciplinary collaborations to provide:
- Integration and overview of research on WVE diseases likely to respond to climate change.
- New data where critical information is found to be missing.
- Improved risk models taking different scenarios into account.
To make the most of limited resources, we use three systems that are important in their own right while being complementary as model systems: Lyme disease, anthrax and tularemia. They are chosen for being; (a) currently or potentially important in Scandinavia, (b) likely to respond strongly to climate change, and (c) giving complementary perspectives on how WVE diseases responds climate change.
This project is funded by The Research Council of Norway.
01.04.2013 - 31.03.2016