Climate change, Human mobility, and Health: data science to uncover the complex interplay
Category: International Statistical Institute
Air pollution is a destructive global crisis and it remains one of the biggest and most immediate environmental threats to human health, causing significant premature deaths and adverse health outcomes, including cardiovascular and respiratory disease, cancer, neurological effects, and birth outcomes. Human mobility is expected to play a key role in influencing the air quality which in turn is expected to have an impact on the health of the general population. In this session, we aim to bring together case studies from the UK public sector organisations and beyond who have taken innovative approaches to explore and better understand the climate change—human mobility—health nexus. The session will be a series of talks involving non-traditional big data sources and advanced machine learning modelling techniques to understand the complex interplay between climate change, health and mobility and showcase tools to aid policy makers through evidence-based decision making.
The session will be of interest to a broad range of audience as the case studies will tackle some of the major technical and methodological hurdles requiring a consolidation of the advanced statistical and machine learning techniques. Causal inferences can be a real challenge in a data landscape with highly interrelated influences such as mobility, health and air pollution. The session will present ways to tackle this challenge with real world examples. Uncovering the complex interplay amongst the three chosen influences will be the common theme of the session and since these influences have both spatial and temporal dimensions, the sessions will present methods and analysis developed to unify the spatial-temporal dimensions of the chosen influences. The session will also include recent research on the Health outcomes on the general population after controlling for a range of socio-economic, demographic indicators, mobility patterns and land use patterns to develop a comprehensive understanding of the societal and health impacts of air pollution. Session will also contribute towards developing our understanding into human mobility and urban planning using state of the art machine learning methods.
This session will be of interest to the policy makers to make informed decisions as the society makes a transition into the post COVID world. The techniques and analysis presented in this session have a potential to be useful to other National Statistical Institutes and academic community and we believe the session can be a useful addition to the scientific programme of the conference particularly in relation to the well-being and welfare of the people.