Mitigation and adaptation of climate change has generated several policy documents with lifestyle recommendations, many of which present socio-economic challenges. However, there is current evidence and potential co-benefits of alternative practices, and environmental strategies that minimize the effects of climate change and improve health and well-being.
The European Project ADAPTACLIMA II, “SOE3/P2/E477” started in October 2013 and aims to demonstrate that farmers and urban dwellers should adapt together by adopting principles of Mediterranean climatology to integrate green Infrastructure components and planning in public health promotion. By improving green infrastructure the project aims to increase carbon sequestration, reducing ambient temperatures and promoting healthy lifestyles based on active transportation (non-motorized transport) that contribute for lower greenhouse gas emissions.
A gradient of stress indicators will be studied using thermal satellite data of the Vila Real District in order to assess their associations with healthy lifestyles based on active transportation. Researchers will also measure associations between energy (kcal) consumed from walking, energy (kcal) consumed from motorized transportation, and the ratio of the two (the transport energy index) with regional accessibility and local walkability.