International Journal of Biometeorology

, Volume 62, Issue 5, pp 733–740 | Cite as

Digital divide, biometeorological data infrastructures and human vulnerability definition

  • Pablo Fdez-Arroyabe
  • Luis Lecha Estela
  • Falko Schimt
Special Issue: Latin America/Caribbean

Abstract

The design and implementation of any climate-related health service, nowadays, imply avoiding the digital divide as it means having access and being able to use complex technological devices, massive meteorological data, user’s geographic location and biophysical information. This article presents the co-creation, in detail, of a biometeorological data infrastructure, which is a complex platform formed by multiple components: a mainframe, a biometeorological model called Pronbiomet, a relational database management system, data procedures, communication protocols, different software packages, users, datasets and a mobile application. The system produces four daily world maps of the partial density of the atmospheric oxygen and collects user feedback on their health condition. The infrastructure is shown to be a useful tool to delineate individual vulnerability to meteorological changes as one key factor in the definition of any biometeorological risk. This technological approach to study weather-related health impacts is the initial seed for the definition of biometeorological profiles of persons, and for the future development of customized climate services for users in the near future.

Keywords

Digital divide Co-creation Vulnerability App Risk 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Geography Department, Geobiomet Research GroupUniversity of CantabriaSantanderSpain
  2. 2.Centro de Estudio Ambientales (CESAM)Santa ClaraCuba

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