Air Quality, Climate Variability, and COVID-19

(New York)

As the global community has raced to understand the COVID-19 pandemic, questions have arisen about how the virus is carried in aerosols, exposure risk in indoor and outdoor environments, how the changes in seasons or climate conditions might affect transmission, and how exposure to air pollution might affect mortality from the virus. This webinar will feature recent atmospheric, climate, and epidemiological research that is contributing to our understanding of the virus transmission, as well as a discussion of how agencies across the federal government are building upon existing efforts to address linkages between environmental conditions and health to understand the pandemic.

You are invited to join this open session of the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate spring 2020 meeting.

Zoom info will be emailed to registrants prior to the event.


13:00 Welcome, goals, introduction of speakers - Moderator: Allison Steiner, University of Michigan

  • Indoor air quality and aerosol transmission pathway for viruses - Richard Corsi, Portland State
  • Exposure to air pollution and COVID-19 mortality in the United States - Francesca Dominici, Harvard University
  • Short-term climate variability and virus seasonality - Jeff Shaman, Columbia University
  • Federal activities on climate change and human health in the context of COVID-19 - John Balbus, National Institute of Environmental Health Science

14:30 Moderated discussion with the Board

15:00 Adjourn session