Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) November 27, 2013
With current Earth observation technologies and satellites, it is possible to target specific ecosystems or at-risk regions that have become vulnerable to air and water quality problems as a result of climate change. That was the conclusion of Climatologist DeWayne Cecil, PhD in a resent White Paper for a study team sponsored by Sharon Kleyne’s Bio-Logic Aqua Research. The White Paper suggests a series of steps to implement programs that define and solve water and air problems on a regional or local level.
The White Paper, “Global variations in precipitation and water vapor with climate change and associated impacts on human health,” including references, is available at http://www.biologicaqua.com/Press_Global_Variations_Precipitation_Water_Vapor_Climate_Change_Associated_Impacts_Human_Health.php.
The study team’s objective, according to Kleyne and Cecil, is research and education regarding changes in atmospheric water vapor content and the influence on human health. The study team’s intent is to stimulate discussions of the effects of climatic variation with the goal of bringing together multiple professional disciplines to improve the ability of humans to live with and adapt to a changing and increasingly dehydrating atmosphere.
As examples of places that would benefit from targeted climate and weather data collection and planning, Cecil cites mega-cities such as Beijing, New York City and Sao Paulo, Brazil; small developing countries such as Rwanda, Kenya or Syria, and specific river basins and ecosystems or ecoregions such as the California Central Valley or China’s Szechuan Basin.
To achieve an integrated implementation of his proposed program, Cecil suggests six steps. First, form teams of engineers, scientists, health providers, economists and decision makers to study the situation. Second, inventory existing observational networks for weather and climate, water resources, at risk sub-populations and medical infrastructure. Third, construct model projections of climate variability and population changes. Fourth, inventory existing early warning systems and planned responses. Fifth, identify funding sources. Sixth, build teams of trained individuals in both the applied sciences and health communities, and implement a system of interactive communication.
Dr. Cecil and Sharon Kleyne both expressed deep concern over cuts in NASA’s Earth Observation Satellite program. They contend that funding should be increased, not decreased because human survival on Earth could depend on it.
DeWayne Cecil, PhD, has had a distinguished career as a Climatologist in academic, government and private research settings. He has been employed as a researcher for the USGS Water Resources Discipline, the NASA Earth Observation Satellite program, Director of NOAA’a Western Region Climate Services and most recently, Chief Climatologist for Global Science and Technology, Inc. of Ashville, NC.
Sharon Kleyne is Founder of Bio Logic Aqua Research, which specializes in research, education, technology, and product development in the areas of fresh water, atmospheric vapor and human health. Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® is the company’s global signature product. Kleyne also hosts the globally syndicated Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water® radio show on VoiceAmerica and Apple iTunes.