Application of geospatial information technologies in assessing changes in regional health risks related to climate change

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Changes in climate and global warming trends impact the ecological balance as well as human health. The recent development of geospatial information technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing provides useful tools to assess the impacts of climate changes on human health over large areas. This article aimed to conduct a literature review related to the application of geospatial information technologies in order to assess climate-change-related health risks in Taiwan, with primary outcomes of interest including physiological and mental health and infectious diseases. Three environmental factors, including temperature, precipitation, and air pollution, and their impacts on human health were considered. Comments were raised for future studies in Taiwan on this subject area. Among the hundred papers reviewed, 28 were related to the target topic, and air pollution and fine particle studies were the focus of most of these 28 papers. Studies related to extreme temperature indicted growing concern with this issue. However, limited research was found related to precipitation and environmental greenness. Therefore, future studies should pay greater attention to these two environmental issues. We hope that the findings of this literature review will encourage more researchers to investigate this subject.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-22
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Nursing
Volume66
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jun 1

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Climate Change
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Air Pollution
Health
Taiwan
Global Warming
Geographic Information Systems
Temperature
Communicable Diseases
Mental Health
Research Personnel
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