Collaborative Modelling Framework for Water Futures and Holistic Human Health Effects

PI: Lalita Bharadwaj, University of Saskatchewan 

Agent Based Modeling as a tool to Investigate Comprehensive Indigenous Health Impacts of Flooding - Grounded by diverse data sources, we will develop a model framework with ABM to assess and investigate comprehensive impacts on Indigenous communities from flooding and demonstrate its capability as an operational tool for evaluating and supporting health services, emergency planning and management measures. We will contribute to the sustainability of Indigenous communities and their environments by providing a tool to investigate complex interactions and feedbacks between human and natural systems and to communicate understanding of flooding impacts and improvements to mitigation measures. The model framework in future will be applied towards other unresolved public health and water issues including Canada’s most pressing public health issue- Drinking Water in Indigenous Nations.