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SALURBAL-Climate: Climate Change and Urban Health in Latin America

The Climate Change and Urban Health in Latin America Project (“SALURBAL-Climate”) is a five-year project (2023-2028) that addresses a critical need for evidence linking climate change to health impacts across Latin America.

SALURBAL-Climate leverages and expands the unprecedented data infrastructure, interdisciplinary team, and community and policy partnerships established by the SALURBAL Project (2017-2023).

Researchers on the SALURBAL-Climate team are studying issues including:

  • The impacts of specific climate-related exposures, including extreme temperatures, droughts, floods, and air pollution on health and health inequities
  • The role of city and neighborhood-level factors in exacerbating or mitigating these impacts, and
  • The observed and projected health impacts of urban adaptation and mitigation strategies.

Project findings and activities will support the creation of a climate change and health research, policy, and practice community that generates and uses evidence to drive urgent policy and community actions to address climate change impacts across the region.

SALURBAL-Climate Project Aims

Aim 1: Generate locally relevant evidence on climate change health and equity impacts.

Aim 2: Document health and equity impacts of climate mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Aim 3: Support field building and capacity strengthening in policy-relevant research.

Aim 4: Support policy action and advocacy for responding to climate change health impacts.

SALURBAL-Climate is co-led by the Drexel Urban Health Collaborative in collaboration with the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia and is funded by the Wellcome Trust’s Climate Research Partnerships initiative.