Studies presented covered the following themes:
- Explores and tests the role of changing seasons on the trajectory of the pandemic at a range of time and space scales, including seasonal effects of human behaviour and ecological aspects of the pandemic.
- Investigates the role of and environmental (including meteorological & climatological) factors in spatial and temporal variability of the pandemic across climate zones, including in the tropics.
- Demonstrates the use of environmental and climate related tools and information products in the management of COVID-19 and similar epidemics.
- Adopts an OneHealth framework to understand interactions of people, animals, social determinants, and the environment relevant to COVID-19.
- Considers the short-term impacts of the pandemic on the environment that have potential feedbacks on COVID-19 transmission or impacts (e.g. changing water and air quality, and pollution levels).
- Identifies research gaps and collaborative opportunities for further investigations of the relationship between the environment / climate and SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, including work to inform preparedness for future pandemics.
Format: The meeting was hosted by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in virtual format with prepared contributions (interactive poster format) from qualifying registered delegates and live session panels chaired by members of the scientific committee and open to all delegates. Proceedings of the conference will be published via a fast-track process managed by Elsevier publishers. Live programming took take place 4-6 August 2020, with 3 hour sessions daily (that took into account time zone differences) with author-arranged virtual meetings in between these events.
The meeting costs were generously sponsored by GEO-HEALTH and hence there was no charge for registration and participation.