Patrick Kinney, ScD

Dr. Patrick Kinney’s teaching and research address issues at the intersection of global environmental change, human health, and policy, with an emphasis on the public health impacts of climate change and air pollution. His work in the 1990s on air quality and environmental justice in Northern Manhattan and the South Bronx led to important new insights into the impacts of diesel vehicle emissions on local air quality. Dr. Kinney has carried out numerous studies examining the human health effects of air pollution, including studies of the effects of ozone and/or particulate matter on lung health and on daily mortality in large cities. More recently, he developed a new interdisciplinary research and teaching program at Columbia examining the potential impacts of climate change on human health. Dr. Kinney was the first to show that climate change could worsen urban smog problems in the U.S., with attendent adverse health impacts. He also has projected future health impacts related to heat waves in the NYC metropolitan area. In a new research initiative, Dr. Kinney is working with clinicians at Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital to understand how past and future climate may affect pollen-related allergic airway diseases. Dr. Kinney earned his doctorate at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he studied the effects of air pollution on lung function in children as part of the Harvard Six Cities Air Pollution and Health Study. Dr. Kinney served as Co-Project Director of DISCOVER (Disease Investigation Through Specially Clinically-Oriented Ventures in Environmental Research Center).


Columbia Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan

Center for Sustainable Urban Development

Earth Institute

Columbia Climate Center

International Research Institute for Climate and Society

Selected Publications:
Civerolo KL, Hogrefe C, Lynn B, Rosenzweig C, Goldberg R, Rosenthal J, Knowlton K, and Kinney PL. "Simulated effects of climate change on summertime nitrogen deposition in the eastern US." Atmospheric Environment 42 2074-2082 2008

Kinney, P.L., O'Neill, M.S., Bell, M.L., and Schwartz, J. "Approaches for estimating effects of climate change on heat-related deaths: challenges and opportunities." Environmental Science and Policy 11 87-96 2008

Van Vliet, EDS and Kinney, PL. "Impacts of roadway emissions on urban particulate matter concentrations in sub-Saharan Africa: new evidence from Nairobi, Kenya." Environmental Research Letters 2 2007

Knowlton K, Lynn B, Goldberg RA, Rosenzweig C, Hogrefe C, Rosenthal JK, Kinney PL. "Projecting heat-related mortality impacts under a changing climate in the New York City region." American Journal of Public Health 97 2028-2034 2007

Bell, M.L., Goldberg R., Hogrefe, C., Kinney, P.L., Knowlton K., Lynn B., Rosenthal J., Rosenzweig C., and Patz J. "Climate change, ambient ozone, and health in 50 U.S. cities." Climatic Change 82 61-76 2007

Kinney, P.L., J.E. Rosenthal, C. Rosenzweig, C. Hogrefe, W. Solecki, K. Knowlton, C. Small, B. Lynn, K. Civerolo, J.Y.Ku, R. Goldberg, C. Oliveri "Assessing Potential Public Health Impacts of Changing Climate and Land Uses: The New York Climate & Health Project" Climate Change and Variability: Impacts and Responses Ed. Ruth M, Donaghy K, and Kirshen P, eds Edward Elgar Cheltenham, UK 2006

Knowlton, K., J. Rosenthal, C. Hogrefe, B. Lynn, S. Gaffin, R. Goldberg, C. Rosenzweig, K. Civerolo, J-Y. Ku, P.L. Kinney. "Assessing ozone-related health impacts under a changing climate." Environmental Health Perspectives 112 1557-1563 2004

Hogrefe C. S., B. Lynn, K. Civerolo, J.-Y. Ku, J. Rosenthal, C. Rosenzweig, R. Goldberg, S. Gaffin, K. Knowlton, and P.L. Kinney, 2004 "Simulating changes in regional air pollution over the eastern United States due to changes in global and regional climate and emissions." J Geophysical Res 109:D22301 2004

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