Armstrong notes that climate change presents public health problems, such as altering the ranges of disease-carrying mosquitoes. Climate change may affect — or already is affecting — the “occurrence and severity” of heat stroke, allergies, respiratory problems and other ailments, he writes.
“MATCH will help researchers and public health officials integrate the latest information from across environmental and health disciplines in order to inform more effective responses to climate and health threats,” Armstrong said in his blog post.
He cites, by way of example, the prospect that a scientist could use MATCH to synthesize separate datasets about flooding frequency in a U.S. region and outbreak of waterborne disease in the same area in order to probe correlations.
This synthesis could “produce actionable insights for public health professionals, regional planners, and policy-makers,” Armstrong writes.