Peter Berry

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Senior Policy Analyst and Science Advisor to the Director

Lead and facilitation of interdisciplinary health, environmental, economic and social policy research for risk assessment and adaptive management concerning health sensitivities, vulnerabilities and impacts from climate change and climate variability, as well as assessment of adaptive capacity for risk management.

Currently leading or participating on research and writing teams for key scientific reports (e.g., National Climate Change Health Assessment 2021, Climate change impacts on occupational health and safety; Mapping health vulnerabilities from flooding in Canada; UNEP Adaptation Gap Report etc).

Contribute to efforts to enhance climate change and health research capacity in Canada and provide strategic direction to CCIB to engage experts for priority projects. Assist provincial and local health authorities in efforts to engage experts on climate change and health science assessments.   

Contribute to efforts to disseminate climate change and health adaptation information, data and tools to public health and emergency management partners in Canada and internationally to facilitate efforts to prepare Canadians for climate change. Participates as speaker/panelist for many presentations at Canadian and international workshops.

Health Canada

Current research and/or projects

  • Editor and author for the national climate change and health assessment 2021
  • Technical expert for Health Canada's Climate Change and Health Adaptation Capacity Building Program
  • Development of public health interventions/adaptations to protect health from climate change
  • Health and social services resiliency to climate change
  • Lead science coordination and information sharing at the Climate Change and Innovation Bureau

Research and/or project statements

  • adapting to the health impacts of climate change
  • climate smart health systems
  • climate change impacts on health 
  • climate change and health risk communications 
  • climate change and health vulnerability assessment

Professional activities / interests

  • Member of the International Advisory Group for development of the Dominica Climate Change and Health Vulnerability Assessment

  • Member of the Advisory Committee for the Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Initiative under the Climate Prosperity Program - National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) 
  • Member of the Climate Change Working Group of the Canadian Water and Waste Water Association

Education and awards

Doctor of  Philosophy, University of Toronto (1992 - 1998) International Environmental Politics     

Best Poster Award - 2015 Health Canada Science Forum

University of Ottawa Student Employer of the Year Award, 2013

2006  Recipient of the Dr. Andrés Petrasovits Aware for Excellence in Public Health

 

International experience and/or work

  • Co-lead author United Nations Environment Programme Adaptation Report 2018

  • Participant at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Scoping Meeting for the Special Report on the Impacts of Global Warming of 1.5oC above Pre-industrial Levels and Related Global Greenhouse Gas Emission Pathways (15-18 August 2016).  

  • Expert Advisor and Lead Author – Pan American Health Organization and World Meteorological Organization – Development of Climate Change and Health Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment Guidelines for Small Island Development States in the Caribbean (Fall, 2018 release)

  • Expert Advisor – TARU, India - Development of a National Heat Health Management Plan for India. 

Key publications

Scheske L, Berry P, Shumake-Guillemot J, Montoya LF, and Verret M. (in press). Climate change and health vulnerability and adaptation assessment workbook for Caribbean small island developing states. Pan American Health Organization, World Heatlh Organization and Health Canada.  

Berry P, Yusa A, Bizikova L. (in press). Vulnerability to the health impacts of drought in Canada in the context of climate change. In Ebi, K.L and Pfeffer W.T. (Eds). The Oxford Hanbook of Managing Climate Risks. Oxford University Press.   

Hayes K, Berry P, Morris-Oswald T, Henderson D. (2018). Climate and weather information for healthy, resilient Canadians and communities. Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Bulletin. http://bulletin.cmos.ca/

Guilbault, S., Kovacs, P., Berry, P., and Richardson, G.R.A. (Eds) (2016).  Cities Adapt to Extreme Heat: 20 Case Studies of Community Adaptation. Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction and Health Canada.

Balbus J, Berry P, Brettle M, Jagnarine S, Soares A, Ugarte C, Varangu L. Villalobos Prats, E. Enhancing the sustainability and climate resiliency of healthcare facilities: an international perspective. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2016; 40(3):174–80.

Paterson, J., Berry, P., Crumb, B., Oshanski D., and Henderson, D., (2016) Forecasting Wildland Fire Smoke Hazards in Urban and Rural Areas in Manitoba, Canada. In World Health Organization and World Meteorological Organization, Climate Services for Health: Enhancing Decision Support for Climate Risk Management and Adaptation. 

Berry, P and Richardson, G., (2016) Approaches for Building Community Resilience to Extreme Heat in Sprigg, W., and Steinberg, S., (eds.) Extreme Weather, Health and Communities: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Engagement Strategies. Springer. 

Ebi, K., Paterson, J., Yusa A., Anderson, V., and Berry, P. (2016). Climate Change and Health Vulnerability Assessment Guidelines for the Province of Ontario. Report Developed for the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, Toronto.

Verret, M., Berry, P., Fook. TCT, Lai, A. (2016). Assessment of Climate Change and Health Vulnerability and Adaptation in Dominica. Report Prepared for the Dominica Ministry of Health and Environment.

Yusa, A., Berry, P., Cheng, J. J., Ogden, N., Bonsal, B., Stewart, R., and Waldick R., (2015) Climate Change, Drought and Human Health in Canada. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 12(7), 8359-412. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph120708359. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26193300

Berry, P., Yusa, A., Morris-Oswald, T., and Rogaeva, A. (2014). Heat Alert and Response Systems in Urban and Rural Communities in Canada. Change and Adaptation in Socio-Ecological Systems. Volume 1, Issue 1. DOI: 10.2478/cass-2014-0009.  http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cass.2014.1.issue-1/cass-2014-0009/cass-2014-0009.xml

Paterson, J., Berry, P., Ebi, K., and Varangu, L. (2014). Health Care Facilities Resilient to Climate Change Impacts. Int.J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 11, 13097-13116. DOI:10.3390/ijerph111213097. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25522050Berry, P., Paterson, J., and Buse, C., (2014). Assessment of Vulnerability to the Health Impacts of Climate Change in Middlesex- London. Report Prepared for the Middlesex-London Health Unit. London.  https://www.healthunit.com/climate-changeBerry, P., Clarke, K-L., Fleury, M.D., and Parker, S. Human Health. In Warren, F.J. and Lem-men, D.S, editors (2014): Canada in a changing climate: Sector perspectives on impacts and ad-aptation. Government of Canada, Ottawa, ON. http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/environment/resources/publications/impacts-adaptation/reports/assessments/2014/16309

Cheng. J. and Berry, P., (2013) Development of Key Indicators to Quantify the Health Impacts of Climate Change on Canadians. Int J Public Health . DOI 10.1007/s00038-013-0499-5  http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00038-013-0499-5

Cheng, J.J. and Berry, P., (2013) Health Co-Benefits and Risks of Public Health Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change: A Review of Literature. Int J Public Health (2013) 58:305–311  http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2Fs00038-012-0422-5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23111371

Lesnikowski, A.C., Ford, J.D., Barrang Ford, L., Barerra, M., Berry, P., Henderson, J., Hey-mann, S.J. (2013). National-level Factors Affecting Likelihood to Adapt to the Health Effects of Climate Change. Global Environmental Change. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378013000745

Ebi, K.L., Berry, P., Campbell- Lendrum, D., et al., (2012). Protecting Health from Climate Change: Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment. World Health Organization and Pan Ameri-can Health Organization, Geneva. http://www.who.int/globalchange/publications/Final_Climate_Change.pdfCheng. J. and Berry, P. (2013). Development of key indicators to quantify the health impacts of climate change on Canadians. Int J Public Health . DOI 10.1007/s00038-013-0499-5  http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00038-013-0499-5Cheng, J.J. and Berry, P. (2013). Health Co-Benefits and Risks of Public Health Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change: A Review of Literature. Int J Public Health (2013) 58:305–311  http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2Fs00038-012-0422-5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23111371

Waddington, K., Varangu, L., Berry, P., and Paterson, J. (2013) Preparing For the Health Impacts of Climate Change: How Ready is Your Health Care Organization? Journal of the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society. Summer, 2013.

IPCC, 2012: Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation. A Special Report of Working Groups I and II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Field, C.B., V. Barros, T.F. Stocker, D. Qin, D.J. Dokken, K.L. Ebi, M.D. Mastrandrea, K.J. Mach, G.-K. Plattner, S.K. Allen, M. Tignor, and P.M. Midgley (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, and New York, NY, USA, 582 pp.

Lesnikowski, A.C., Ford, J.D., Barrang Ford, L., Barerra, M., Berry, P., Henderson, J., Hey-mann, S.J. 2013. National-level Factors Affecting Likelihood to Adapt to the Health Effects of Climate Change. Global Environmental Change. Accès : http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378013000745

Affiliations

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo

Guest Editor for Special Journal issue “Climate Change and Health Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessments”, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. http://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph/special_issues/climate_change_vulnerability

Language

English