Late Breaking Session (Union(U))
Session categoryUnion
Session IDU-22
TitleEnvironmental drivers and impacts of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic
Short TitleThe Environment and COVID-19
Main Convener NameBenjamin F. Zaitchik
AffiliationJohns Hopkins University
NameTeppei J. Yasunari
AffiliationARC, Hokkaido University
Session LanguageE
Scope The current COVID-19 pandemic interacts with many aspects of earth system science. These include opportunities to inform prediction and mitigation of the disease’s spread and impacts as well as efforts to study the impacts that this global disruption has on natural and human systems. This late-breaking session highlights COVID-19 related links between society, the environment, and health, as well as the multiple effects of ongoing changes in human behavior on the earth's environment and climate or observations that are now possible. Invited speakers will address issues of: (1) hydrometeorological and seasonal sensitivity of COVID-19; (2) air quality changes on COVID-19 and health impacts; (3) the influence of COVID-19 restrictions on the environment and climate; and (4) links to environmental change and zoonotic dynamics. Contributed abstracts for a complementary iPoster session are also welcome, addressing all aspects of environmental influence on and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Presentation FormatOral presentation: Invited-only and iPoster presentations