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Straub, A.* ; Fricke, V.* ; Olschewski, P.* ; Seubert, S.* ; Beck, C.* ; Bayr, D. ; Kolek, F. ; Plaza, M.P. ; Leier-Wirtz, V. ; Kaschuba, S. ; Traidl-Hoffmann, C. ; Buermann, W.* ; Gerstlauer, M.* ; Damialis, A. ; Philipp, A.*

The phenomenon of thunderstorm asthma in Bavaria, Southern Germany: A statistical approach.

Int. J. Environ. Health Res., DOI: 10.1080/09603123.2021.1985971 (2021)
Postprint DOI
Open Access Green
Higher incidences of asthma during thunderstorms can pose a serious health risk. In this study, we estimate the thunderstorm asthma risk using statistical methods, with special focus on Bavaria, Southern Germany. In this approach, a dataset of asthma-related emergency cases for the study region is combined with meteorological variables and aeroallergen data to identify statistical relationships between the occurrence of asthma (predictand) and different environmental parameters (set of predictors). On the one hand, the results provide evidence for a weak but significant relationship between atmospheric stability indices and asthma emergencies in the region, but also show that currently thunderstorm asthma is not a major concern in Bavaria due to overall low incidences. As thunderstorm asthma can have severe consequences for allergic patients, the presented approach can be important for the development of emergency strategies in regions affected by thunderstorm asthma and under present and future climate change conditions.
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Publikationstyp Artikel: Journalartikel
Dokumenttyp Wissenschaftlicher Artikel
Schlagwörter Thunderstorm Asthma ; Environment ; Health ; Seasonal Asthma; Grass-pollen; Nox Production; Fungal Spores; Epidemic; Melbourne; Release; Birch; Mechanism; Symptoms; Aerosols
ISSN (print) / ISBN 0960-3123
e-ISSN 1369-1619
Verlag Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Verlagsort 2-4 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon Or14 4rn, Oxon, England
Begutachtungsstatus Peer reviewed
Institut(e) Institute of Environmental Medicine (IEM)
Förderungen Bavarian State Ministry of Health and Care (StMGP)
Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection (StMUV)