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Divya Subash Kumar ,M.Sc.

Doctoral Research Fellow

Ph.D. ,: Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation Research, Anna University, Chennai, India

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the warming and precipitation trends due to anthropogenic climate change of the past 30 years already claim over 150,000 lives annually. Many prevalent human diseases are linked to climate fluctuations as is evident from cases reported across the world. The WHO claims that 30 new diseases have emerged in the past 20 years. In addition there has been a resurgence and redistribution of old diseases on a global scale. In this situation of changing climatic conditions, there is an emergent need to address the issue of the impact of climate change on human health at a regional level. A holistic database that showcases the vulnerability of the city in terms of climate change is also a dire necessity so as to alert the masses through suitable forecast models. The objective of research therefore to identify the prevalent diseases affected by climate change in Chennai city and to correlate their occurrence with climate change and highlight the vulnerability of the city to predicted problems. The detailed documentation of diseases affected by climate change will be a strong database for advancing the knowledge assimilation on health sector and a great service in order to assist policy makers in planning for sustainable development to the state's human welfare.

The Research aims to answer the following questions: 1.How is human health affected by changing climatic conditions? 2.What are the local linkages of climate change and human diseases? 3.To what extent will Chennai city be vulnerable to climate change in future?


  • Divya. C and Ramachandran . A., 2012 "Effect of climate variables on the occurrence of Dengue Disease cases in five    selected districts of Tamil Nadu, India" International Conference on Role of Green Technologies for Sustainable Development.
  • Divya. C and Ramachandran. A.,entitled "Climate Change and Emerging Infectious Diseases: A Review to establish the link"    has been accepted by the journal Ecology, Environment and Conservation (Accepted)
  • Participated in the 2nd IMSc Workshop on "Modeling Infectious Diseases" from 13th - 18th September 2010 organised by    the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai.
  • Attended the 2nd HighNoon Spring School workshop, a capacity building programme from 04.02.2013 to 07.02.2013.
       organised by IIT Delhi.
  • Khan A.S., Divya. C. and Ramachandran. A., 2009. "Tackling Climate Change - Taking Science to Society (A global    Approach for Local Issue)". Indian Youth Science Congress. June 5-7 2009.
  • Saleem Khan, Divya Chandran, Divya Vimal, Yeswanth Kumar 2009 "Coastal Climate Campaign: Finding Ways to Take    Action" presented the paper at the The International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts and Responses held at the    Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment Education and Research, Pune, India, 9 to 11 January 2009.