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on Climate and Health | 7-10 June 2022

About the meeting

This conference aims to bring together climate scientists, health scientists and professionals, policy makers, and program managers, to address the current status and future potential of climate-informed forecasts for health. Participants will discuss the extent to which the climate and health community can work together to take advantage of advances in weather and climate forecasting to enable health early warning.

The Conference will foster cross-pollination of ideas through discussion among the various scientists, policy makers, and program managers at the intersection of environment and health to fill in the gaps that currently exist between the improvements of the climate forecasts and their benefits to society, especially in the health sector.

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Who should attend

We invite scientists working in climate and disease modeling and forecasting as well as program managers, health experts, and policy makers with keen interest in the applications of weather and climate forecasting in generating evidence to guide decision-making processes in public health responses.

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Meeting goals

The overarching goal of the conference is to take advantage of advances in weather and climate forecasting to enable decision support services in human health. The objectives are: (1) to review the state of the knowledge of the influence of climate on infectious diseases and non-communicable diseases, especially heat related illnesses; (2) to stimulate discussion between scientists specializing in climate, environment, and impact on human disease in order to advance climate-based health early warning with active engagement of policy makers; (3) to work collaboratively with program managers and decision makers on best approaches to enable the use of climate information to reduce disease risk.


Abstract Themes

Climate Forecasting for Health

It has been well established that extremes in the climate system have significant impact on human health, including infectious diseases and heat related illnesses. The Conference aims at taking advantage of significant advances in the modeling of the climate system and forecasting at various time scales to improve climate services in health.

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Format Overview

The Conference is organized around three session topics including how climate affects health; discuss actionable climate-informed forecasts of infectious disease, then further address climate variability and heat related illnesses. The program will include panel discussion around the use of climate information in health early warning.

  • 1
    Basic understanding of the climate system, its variability, and influence on infectious disease burden and heat-related illness.
  • 2

    Actionable climate-informed forecasts of infectious disease: achievements and needs

    Panel discussion around climate variability, infectious diseases, and early warning systems

  • 3

    Actional climate-informed forecasts for heat-related illnesses: achievement and needs

    Panel discussion around heat-health early warning systems

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Registration will open in January 2022.

The Chapman will be held at AGU Headquarters, located at 2000 Florida Avenue, NW in Washington, DC. We look forward to welcoming attendees to our net-zero energy building.

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There are three major airports in the Washington, D.C. region (in order of distance from the Washington Hilton): Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (airport code: DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (airport code: IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (airport code: BWI). All three airports offer multiple U.S. and international flights daily.


Reagan National Airport is just a 10-minute drive from the city line. The airport is accessible from its own Metro stop on the Blue and Yellow lines. A taxi ride into downtown D.C. will cost about $15-$20. Uber, Lyft and Via offer transportation services to and from Reagan National Airport. 


Dulles Airport is located 26 miles from D.C. in suburban Virginia. The airport has a dedicated access road that makes getting into the city efficient via car, taxi or airport shuttle. Washington Flyer taxi cabs exclusively service Dulles Airport. A taxi ride into D.C. will cost about $65-$75. Public transportation options are also available via the Silver Line Express Bus to the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station or via Metrobus 5A to Metrorail stops in Rosslyn, VA and L’Enfant Plaza in Washington, D.C. Uber, Lyft, and Via offer transportation services to and from Dulles Airport.


BWI Airport is accessible via Amtrak routes that drop off at D.C.’s Union Station. A reserved seat on Amtrak will cost $15-$30. MARC commuter rail is also available to Union Station on weekdays with limited weekend service, via the Penn Line; tickets are $7 each way. Visit the BWI Airport ground transportation page for more information.

Travelling by bus to and from D.C. is easy with an array of options, including Megabus and Greyhound.

If you drive to D.C. with your own vehicle, ParkWhiz can help you find a parking spot.

If you’d rather travel to D.C. on the ground, Amtrak is the ideal solution. The train departs and arrives from D.C.’s Union Station, which is centrally located, features its own Metro stop and has plenty of taxis awaiting as you exit.

IMPORTANT: Please read in advance of your arrival in Washington, D.C. regarding information about embassies, travel, and passports. Never been to Washington, D.C.? Learn more about how to enjoy your time in our nation’s capital.

If you are a registered scientist attending the meeting, please contact us to request a letter. Please note that we cannot provide letters of invitation to spouses, children, or others who will be accompanying you on the trip but not attending the Chapman Conference as registered attendees.

U.S. Government Entry Requirement for Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Countries
Effective 20 January 2011, citizens of Visa Waiver countries will be unable to enter the United States without Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval from the U.S. Government. VWP travelers who have not obtained approval through ESTA will be denied boarding on any air carrier destined for the United States. For more information, visit the
VWP program website.

It is strongly recommended that international participants apply for visas at least 3 months prior to the Chapman Conference. Note: Some consulates may have delays in scheduling visa interviews; therefore, applicants should first contact the consulate to determine the wait time for an interview. Additional information on business visas can be found at the DOS Business Visa Center website and at the IVO website.

Also, if you are experiencing significant visa delays, please complete the visa survey, and a representative will provide feedback.

The U.S. Department of State maintains a comprehensive website containing information about traveling to the United States.

The National Academies website has additional information about visa-related issues and travel information for U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens.

Expect temperatures in June to be between the low 60s and mid-80s.

Chapman Conveners

Wassila Thiaw
NOAA Climate Prediction Center, United States

Nafissaou Oumar Toure
Universite Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal

Susan Rumisha
The Malaria Atlas Project, Australia

Benjamin Zaitchik
Johns Hopkins University, USA