Health in Ecological Perspectives in the Anthropocene

  • Toru Watanabe
  • Chiho Watanabe

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Use of Spatial Information to Describe the Health Impact of Various Environmental Factors in Urban and Rural Areas

  3. Developing “Eco-health” Approach in the World in Transition

  4. Urban “Shape” and Health Risks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Thaddeus M. Carvajal, Howell T. Ho, Lara Fides T. Hernandez, Katherine M. Viacrusis, Divina M. Amalin, Kozo Watanabe
      Pages 117-131
    3. Gia Thanh Nguyen, Jian Pu, Toru Watanabe
      Pages 133-144
    4. Nicholas J. Ashbolt
      Pages 145-159

About this book


This book focuses on the emerging health issues due to climate change, particularly emphasizing the situation in developing countries. Thanks to recent development in the areas of remote sensing, GIS technology, and downscale modeling of climate, it has now become possible to depict and predict the relationship between environmental factors and health-related event data with a meaningful spatial and temporal scale. The chapters address new aspects of environment-health relationship relevant to this smaller scale analyses, including how considering people’s mobility changes the exposure profile to certain environmental factors, how considering behavioral characteristics is important in predicting diarrhea risks after urban flood, and how small-scale land use patterns will affect the risk of infection by certain parasites, and subtle topography of the land profile. Through the combination of reviews and case studies, the reader would be able to learn how the issues of health and climate/social changes can be addressed using available technology and datasets. 

The post-2015 UN agenda has just put forward, and tremendous efforts have been started to develop and establish appropriate indicators to achieve the SDG goals. This book will also serve as a useful guide for creating such an indicator associated with health and planning, in line with the Ecohealth concept, the major tone of this book.  With the increasing and pressing needs for adaptation to climate change, as well as societal change, this would be a very timely publication in this trans-disciplinary field.


Ecohealth Human ecology Tropical infectious diseases Urban heat and health risk Global warming and health impact Neglected tropical diseases Flood and diarrhea Air pollution and health Environmental epidemiology SDGs Health and planning

Editors and affiliations

  • Toru Watanabe
    • 1
  • Chiho Watanabe
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Food, Life and Environmental ScienceFaculty of Agriculture, Yamagata UniversityYamagataJapan
  2. 2.National Institute for Environmental StudiesTsukubaJapan

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