Climate Change, Salinity & Public Health in Bangladesh

Climate Change, Salinity & Public Health in Bangladesh


Coastal Bangladesh after cyclone

Bangladesh is experiencing substantial levels of saltwater intrusion. While salinity is normally high along its long coast, it is now extending further inland due to climate change. This project investigates the concentration of salt in Bangladesh’s coastal food systems & its associated health impacts.


Project Lead

Byomkesh Talukder, Research Fellow, Planetary Health

Dr. Byomkesh Talukder is the inaugural Planetary Health Research Fellow, where he works at the intersection of health, sustainable development, climate change, food and agriculture. His past research applies a complexity science approach to designing sustainability assessment models of food and agricultural systems in Bangladesh. Dr. Talukder has over 15 years of interdisciplinary field and training experience, including the supervision of over 2,000 emerging leaders in sustainable development programs and policy design in Bangladesh. Since 2016, he has been a Mitacs Postdoctoral Fellow at Parmalat Canada and the Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University. Dr. Talukdar holds a PhD in Geography and Environmental Studies (Wilfrid Laurier University), a MSc in Environmental Studies (Queen's University), a MA in Development Science (Hiroshima University), and a MSc in Geography and Environmental (Jahangirnagar University).


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