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The Vulnerability of the Great Lakes Region to Waterborne Diseases in the Wake of Climate Change: A Literature Review
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Clean drinking and recreational water is essential for human survival and contaminated water cause 1.4 million deaths worldwide every year. Both developing and developed countries suffer as a consequence of unsafe water that cause waterborne diseases. The Great Lakes region, located in the United States is no exception. Climate change is predicted to cause an increase in waterborne disease outbreaks, worldwide, in the future. To adapt to this public health threat, vulnerability assessments are necessary. This literature study includes a vulnerability assessment that describes the main factors that affect the spreading of waterborne diseases in the Great Lakes region. Future climate scenarios in the region, and previous outbreaks are also described. The study also includes a statistical analysis where mean temperature and precipitation is plotted against waterborne disease cases. The main conclusion drawn is that the Great Lakes region is at risk of becoming more vulnerable to waterborne diseases in the future, if it does not adapt to climate change.          

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2017. , p. 37
Keywords [en]
great lakes region, climate change, waterborne diseases, waterborne, vulnerability, vulnerability assessment, midwest, drinking water
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-150649OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-150649DiVA, id: diva2:1169855
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Available from: 2018-01-05 Created: 2017-12-29 Last updated: 2018-01-05Bibliographically approved

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