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The Consortium’s purpose is to co-create new interdisciplinary knowledge about climate change and population health using appropriate technological, communications and analytical tools including interactive GIS mapping of observed and predicted climate changes and related population health concerns.

Knowledge bases include water quality, microbiology, marine and freshwater biology, ecology, public policy, ecological economics, infectious and waterborne diseases, climate science, human dimensions and technology. Epidemiologists, economists, biological and climate scientists, policy scholars, are examples of those who will represent these knowledge bases. The resulting joint publications include a book devoted to the Consortium’s outcomes and a special journal edition devoted to lessons learned about e-research, will be outcomes of this project.

Social Mission: The Consortium will create conditions that encourage benefits from the participants’ synergies for those most at risk. The project developers particularly encourage pairings of developing country participants with those from developed countries who can provide access to institutions, researchers, resources and projects that help developing countries with their real and immediate climate and population health needs. Workgroups will be designed with this goal in mind and its achievement will be a specified measure of project success.

History: In 2009, SeaTrust Institute and IGI Global agreed to support building Consortium on Climate Change and Population Health. This initiative is particularly sensitive to both the scientific and political dimensions of these issues such as are reflected in the work preceeding and outcomes of the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. SeaTrust Institute attended the COP 15 meetings to pursue this discussion with global partners as well as those who influence climate related scientific research and policy and will continue the process in 2010 in Cancun, MX.

Calls for participation from relevant disciplinary scholars and practitioners will be extended in 2011. Please contact the Project Director directly at or for information or for an invitation to participate.

A Project of SeaTrust Institute with Support through Global Partners

Excerpt from Consortium design document

“We have first raised a dust, and then complain we cannot see.”- Berkeley, The Principles of Human Knowledge (1710)

Ecological sustainability, human health and social science inform the content in this e-research collaborative effort. Interweaving the complex systems of climate change and population health may appear somewhat chaotic from a traditional disciplinary perspective. Yet as concerns escalate on these topics, their inextricable linkages affect all areas of society such that “conversation and exchange of arguments become crucial at the interface of science and society, in particular when dealing with the complex problems related to global environmental change” (Welp et al. 2006).

Stressing the need to go beyond integrating disciplines to address climate and environmental issues, a recent past President of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) called for sustainability science that is “interdisciplinary, intersectoral and integrative” on a worldwide scale (Holdren 2007). It is hoped that imbedding sustainability, population health, climate change and public policy in an interdisciplinary context will “raise a dust” through which the Consortium co-creates new knowledge leading towards solutions to climate change adaptations affecting population health by identifying vulnerabilities, sensitivities and indicators of adaptive capacities (Polsky, Neff, and Yarnal 2007) and targets that can be refined through interdisciplinary discourse and mapping in a virtual environment.

This project focuses on contributing to creating new knowledge through interdisciplinary discovery in climate change and population health. Issues at the nexus of these areas are particularly well suited to explorations of blending knowledge and methods through interdisciplinary scholarship and praxis concentrating on:

This project focuses on interdisciplinary e-collaborative principles to encourage the development of synergies in new arenas. These new relationships will provide the basis for true knowledge co-creation, a process that goes beyond combining disciplinary information. The desired process is reflected in the “innovate” discourse approach adapted from the Collaborative Integration Paradigm used to evaluate contributions to a recent IGI Global publication (Wilson and Salmons 2008).

Desired outcomes of this process are to:


Holdren, John. 2007. Session Presentation to Grand Challenges to Sustainable Science: SustainableSystems. 2007 AAAS Annual Meeting: Science and Technology for Sustainable Well-Being, February 17.

Polsky, C., R. Neff, and B. Yarnal. 2007. Building comparable global change vulnerability assessments: The vulnerability scoping diagram. Global Environmental Change 17:472-785.

Welp, M., A. de la Vega-Leinert, S. Stoll-Kleemann, and C. Jaeger. 2006. Science-based stakeholder dialogues: Theories and tools. Global Environmental Change 16:170-181.

Wilson, L., and J. Salmons. 2008. Online collaborative integration and recommendations for future research. In Handbook of research in electronic collaboration and organizational synergy, edited by J. Salmons and L. Wilson. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.