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CHE RG is a group of researchers from the University of Porto who works climate, health and environment, under the coordination of the Professor Ana Monteiro from the Geography Department of the Faculty of Arts from the University of Porto (Portugal).

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HEALTH AND DISEASE ATLAS
Climate and socio-economic vulnerabilities
Porto Metropolitan Area
Municipality of Porto

Monteiro, A., et al.
Edition: 2012
Printing: 2013
Language: Portuguese (Portugal)

VOLUME I - pages: 167
VOLUME II - pages: 497

Paper support – Volume I: ISBN 978-989-98681-0-6
In CD – Volume II: ISBN 978-989-98681-1-3
In digital support – Volumes I and II: ISBN 978-989-98681-2-0

Volume I paper support + Volume II cd support included: 40 €
Volume I e II – digital support: 25 €

 

 

The purpose of this Atlas of Health and Disease in AMP - Climate and Socioeconomic Vulnerabilities is to improve the knowledge of the spatial distribution of the residents’ worsening state of health and to identify some of the social and economic vulnerabilities in the Porto Metropolitan Area ( AMP ) , which may increase the risk of illness and death in highly thermal variability contexts, from year to year, over the year, from day to day and even during the day.

Knowing that human health depends on a myriad of factors embodied by the individual characteristics - age, gender , genetics, etc. . – by the social, economic, political and cultural matrix, and by the geobiophysical support’s characteristics- climate, air quality , water, soil , fauna and flora - where we live, it is always very difficult to assess the relative weight of each of these causes whenever a human being gets sick or sees the aggravation of a disease that already had.

The climate context in which humans live affects the rate of effort which subject the thermoregulatory mechanisms that they have, and that resolve, or seek to resolve, the differences in the surrounding air and body temperature of 37 ° C which ensures the proper functioning of all parts of the human body.

For this case we chose the exceptional episodes in which the temperature is too high or too low and that are included in the weather hazards designated.

Never in our mind was a chance to find relationships very expressive of causality between the climate context and the disease. We know however, that among the myriad of causes that can contribute to trigger certain diseases and / or to trigger the aggravation of the pre-existing diseases, the weather can also be a factor and be by itself an undesirable risk.