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Chen Awarded NASA Early Career Investigator Award

Posted: 2/1/2024 (CSDE Research)

CSDE Affiliate Professor Tzu-Hsin Karen Chen (College of Built Environment and School of Public Health) has just learned that she has been awarded a NASA Early Career Investigator Program in Earth Science for a project that will examine heat impacts on human health in urban settings in the Mediterranean.  The project aims to understand the influence of 3-D urban land cover/land use changes (urban LCLUC) on extreme humid heat and its subsequent impact on health burden in the Mediterranean region. Utilizing machine learning techniques on multi-sensor remote sensing data, climate variability analysis, and epidemiological methods, the study will identify urban LCLUC patterns and their role in mediating the health impact of heat stress. They produced datasets of 3-D urban structure over 2000-2022 will allow us to integrate large-scale dynamic exposure assessment into environmental health studies. Together with our regional partners, we will provide data-driven knowledge and tools to foster healthy spaces and communities in the face of climate change. If you want to learn more about Karen’s work, please join CSDE for this week’s panel on climate impacts on population health.  Karen will be presenting around her innovative research.