8 September 2023
Welsh Government has responded to the climate crisis with several key policies, including Net Zero Wales (2021-2025) and the Well-being of Future Generations (2015) Act, aimed at building a ‘stronger, greener, fairer’ Wales over the coming decades. Climate policies to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels may pose risks to certain sectors, but also offer an opportunity to advance policies that can transform society for the better. It is crucial that over the next ‘decade of action’ Welsh Government has access to high quality data and evidence that can effectively identify and evaluate these transition risks and opportunities, and ensure funding is prioritised towards the most cost-effective climate solutions.
Projects under this ADR Wales theme will work with Welsh Government and other stakeholders to identify priority areas and harness the potential of de-identified administrative data within SAIL. They will generate evidence that can inform policy and help Wales achieve a fair and inclusive transition to net zero, where all of society and nature can thrive.
The research programme will focus on three pressing issues in Wales:
- Health impacts of extreme weather events
- Climate change transition risks and opportunities
- Associations between biodiversity, ecosystem resilience and health.
The Climate Change research theme is led by Co-Academic Leads, Rich Fry and Lucy Griffiths.
Read more about the projects:
Increasing temperatures and the impact on population health
This project will look at how variability and extremes in temperature affect population health. By linking Met Office temperature data to health and administrative data, the team will explore the impacts of temperature variability and extremes on cardiovascular and respiratory conditions in the young and older populations.
The impacts of elevated temperatures on maternal, foetal and neonatal health outcomes in Wales
This project will look at how elevated temperatures impact maternal, foetal and neonatal health outcomes in Wales. It will investigate how socio-demographic factors, housing qualities, and other environmental factors impact these outcomes. Through the study of lab-based bio markers, the research team will also look at how heat stress impacts placental health.
Active travel among school aged children in Wales
In collaboration with Public Health Wales, this project will look at the number of school aged children in Wales that have the ‘potential’ to travel actively to school and how this compares to self-reported rates. Looking at the National Survey for Wales and School Health Research Network, the research team will define walkable and cyclable distances. Future work will include environment characteristics such as traffic, the built environment and safety to develop a more realistic picture of walkability.
Enhancing understanding of populations inequalities in Wales
This work will use de-identified existing and new health, demographic and administrative data to characterise the population of Wales into socio-economic, marginalised and vulnerable groups of individuals to better understand population inequalities in Wales.