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CIDR Seminar Series: Kathryn Grace "Considering the linkages between climate and health: A focus on women’s and children’s health in sub-Saharan Africa"
Start Date: 11/2/2018Start Time: 12:30 PM
End Date: 11/2/2018End Time: 2:30 PM
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Event Description:
The CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR), in collaboration with the Population Council, the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University, and the UN Population Division invite you to the next presentation of the Population Dynamics and Environmental Change Seminar Series.

Kathryn Grace
Associate Professor; University of Minnesota, Department of Geography, Environment and Society

"Considering the linkages between climate and health: A focus on women’s and children’s health in sub-Saharan Africa"

Abstract:  In this talk, I will discuss results from recent studies of health, food and climate in sub-Saharan Africa. Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) data, very high remotely sensed imagery, and other remotely sensed data relating to geophysical characteristics is used to examine the impact of local environmental context on birth weight outcomes.   To conduct the analyses we matched recorded birth weights from Demographic and Health Surveys covering 1986 through 2010 with gridded monthly precipitation and temperature data derived from satellite and ground-based weather stations. Observed weather patterns during various stages of pregnancy were also used to examine the effect of temperature and precipitation on birth weight outcomes. In our empirical model we allowed the effect of weather factors to vary by the dominant food production strategy (livelihood zone) in a given region as well as by household wealth, mother’s education and birth season. This allowed us to determine if certain populations are more or less vulnerable to unexpected weather changes after adjusting for known covariates. Finally, we investigated the impact of potential development and climate changes on birth weight outcomes using simulations.  Results highlight the potential for climate to impact birth weight outcomes in significant ways. 

Pre-Seminar: We will meet at 12:30pm to have lunch with the speaker

Talk will being at 1:00pm

Post-Seminar: CIDR fellows and Demography Certificate students are strongly encouraged to meet with the speaker after the seminar to discuss her work further and consult about graduate school, research, job market, career, etc.

Newman Hall, Oak Room (room 203)
137 East 22nd Street
Non-Baruch ID holders must RSVP in advance to gain access to the building.

Contact Information:
Name: Michael Marino
Phone: 646 660-6813
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