Bruce Anderson

Faculty Research Fellow
Professor, Department of Earth and Environment, Boston University

Climate Change and Health Issues in Cambodia and India

This research explores the connections between climate change and human health impacts in India and Cambodia to help inform policies that may be developed to reduce morbidity and mortality. The project will include a meta-analysis of the literature from multiple fields that have examined the connections between climate change and disease, and an analysis of monthly temperature extremes in each country over the past 40 years. This work will provide an understanding of the frequency and distribution of extreme heat in India over that period. As part of this project, Prof. Gopal gave a lecture titled “Geospatial Technologies for Public Health Research” at Sri Ramaswami Memorial University in Chennai, India, in July 2016. As a result of this talk, Prof. Gopal established connections with in-country scholars to further collaborate on research on the health impacts of climate changes, leading to better informed policy decisions in the areas of public health and related fields. In addition, Profs. Gopal, Anderson, and Foster participated in a Pardee Center seminar titled “Public Health Impacts of Climate Change in India” in April 2016.


B.S., University of California, Santa Barbara; Ph.D., Scripps Institution of Oceanography


Global and regional climate change; atmospheric dynamics and hydrology; large-scale ocean/atmosphere interactions; regional impacts of climate variability; climate/land-surface/vegetation interactions and monitoring.



Bruce Anderson is a Professor in the Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University. He is currently working as a Faculty Research Fellow in Residence at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future.

In addition, Prof. Anderson actively works with the public sector on issues related to climate variability, including serving as a Research Consultant for the Union of Concerned Scientist’s Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment (NECIA) project, an expert advisor for the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Cambridge, MA, and a contributing author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report. He was one of the inaugural Grantham Institute for Climate Change Visiting Fellows at Imperial College for Science, Technology and Medicine and has also been a Royal Society Visiting Scientist, National Research Council Fellow and a NOAA Visiting Scientist Fellow. Prof. Anderson has more than 50 peer-reviewed articles published or in press and has been an invited speaker at both national and international universities, conferences, and workshops. Prof. Anderson is also the lead author (with Prof. Alan Strahler, BU) of an introductory undergraduate textbook on Weather and Climate, published jointly by John Wiley & Sons and the National Geographic Society (2008).

His research interests include regional impacts of climate variability; large-scale and regional atmospheric dynamics and hydrology; historic and future climate trends within observations and climate-simulation models; coupled ocean-atmosphere modes of variability; and climate/vegetation interactions and feedbacks.