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Apr 6th 2022

Downscaled climate research and sustainable transition knowledge creation : international perspective

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Mar 31st 2022

Ouranos’s relevance confirmed with Government of Quebec investment of nearly $20M

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Mar 14th 2022

What are the key takeaways of the IPCC report on climate change impacts and adaptation?

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Social and health challenges

  • Description
  • Research project

Minimize the scale of social and health challenges

Climate change and its associated repercussions – notably on air, water, foodstuffs and living environments – undermine the foundations of public health while increasing the risks of disease. Ouranos endeavours to help mitigate the psychological, social and health impacts of climate change throughout the Quebec population – especially in high-risk groups – by developing and mobilizing knowledge to better understand, prevent and manage such impacts

  • Growing impacts of climate change on physical, mental and social health
  • Reported effects on health and social services as well as on the economy

In collaboration with a number of partners, notably the healthcare sector, municipalities, community organizations, etc.:

  • Further develop knowledge on psychosocial and health impacts as well as on climate change adaptation mechanisms within the population
  • Carry out projects that enable acquired knowledge to be applied in concrete ways in order to improve the health of the Quebec population


Mélissa Généreux


Mélissa Généreux (Ph.D) is a specialist in public health and preventive medicine. She is currently a medical consultant at the Direction de santé publique de l'Estrie as well as at the INSPQ. She was Director of Public Health for the Estrie region from 2013 to 2019 and had to face the Lac-Mégantic railway tragedy. In close collaboration with the university sector, population surveys were carried out to monitor the impacts on the health and well-being of the affected community. Dr. Généreux subsequently developed a unique intervention model aimed at strengthening community resilience. Dr. Généreux is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Sherbrooke and joined the Ouranos team as Coordinator of the Health program in the fall of 2019


Research projects

2020 - 2025

Impacts psychosociaux de la pandémie de Covid-19

Principal investigator(s):
M. Généreux
S. Bleau
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