Climate Research Initiative

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According to the United Nations, 87% of the U.S. population and 68% of the global population are projected to live in cities by 2050, and climate change will have significant impacts on the health and well-being of urban populations especially in under-resourced communities through various pathways. For example, the spatial variation in ambient temperature has been shown to result in heat exposure disparities associated with low-income minority communities.

The Emory Climate & Health Actionable Research and Translation (CHART) Center aims to become a hub that will advance and translate research on climate risks to protect the health of under-resourced urban populations.

Vision and Mission


Atlanta’s history, diversity, persistent health disparities, research institutions, and policy and advocacy opportunities make it an ideal location for CHART to develop its central research theme of lowering climate related disease burdens in under-resourced urban communities.


CHART’s mission is to generate new knowledge about the health risks associated with climate change in urban areas, particularly those related to heat exposure, and to translate this knowledge into action through equitable partnerships that enhance health.

Innovative Research

Innovative research on how heat exposure affects the health of people living in Atlanta Metro area especially in under-resourced communities

Capacity Building

Capacity building activities to inspire new research directions and promote the professional development of climate change and health (CCH) researchers at Emory University and its partner institutions

Research Translation

Improve research and its translation by integrating community knowledge and concerns and enhance the implementation of community-led strategies in research

CHART Translational Research Framework. Objectives and activities in italics and blue fonts are future activities enabled by proposed work during the 3-yr study period.

CHART Translational Research Framework


Administrative Core

The Administrative Core (Admin Core) provides leadership, organization, and identity for the CHART Center.

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Research Core

The overarching goal of this project is to better understand factors leading to differential susceptibilities. 

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The Community Engagement Core (CEC) seeks to solidify equitable partnerships with stakeholders.

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The Research Capacity Building Core (RCBC) aims to build the capacity of climate change and health researchers.

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Our Team

Yang Liu, CHART Director

Noah Scovronick, CHART Deputy Director

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Advisory Boards and Steering Committee

CHART has an internal and external advisory board as well as a Partner Steering Committee. 

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