Protecting human health by understanding how climate change can impact pathogens and antimicrobial drug resistant bacteria in coastal waters.

Climate change and environmental pollution could be making waterborne pathogens (such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites) more dangerous in ways that we don’t yet fully understand. To prevent illness and disease, we need to know how people could be exposed to different pathogens in coastal environments.

We are investigating how climate change is enabling pathogens to evolve and multiply, and how people are at risk. Our findings will help to inform the most effective ways for Europe to adapt through policy and innovation. BlueAdapt has been funded by the European Union and UK Research and Innovation.

  • 11 partners,
    8 European countries

  • Case studies across Europe

  • More than 20,000 bathing
    water sites in Europe

  • 50% of Europe’s population
    live within 50 km of the sea

  • Rising temperatures are
    enabling pathogens to multiply

  • Sea bathers are at risk from
    infection and bacteria

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The six Horizon Europe projects, BlueAdapt, CATALYSE, CLIMOS, HIGH Horizons, IDAlert, and TRIGGER, form the climate change and health cluster.