Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Research Postgraduate



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709Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





Climate change, extreme weather, and health:

I am a PhD student interested in examining how climate change and extreme weather may be influencing the patterns and trends evident in intra-year variability of mortality.

I am also interested in simulating extreme heat waves at return periods much larger than available data, using stochastic weather generators. I am involved in using and developing the Imperial College Weather Generator (IMAGE) for this purpose.

My research includes building mathematical models, including Bayesian spatiotemporal models, both to analyze past trends of seasonality of human mortality and to forecast possible futures for climate change risk assessment.

I am working in the School of Public Health with Professor Majid Ezzati, and Space and Atmospheric Physics, with Professor Ralf Toumi.

Policy work:

In summer 2017 I completed an internship at the World Meteorological Organisation in Geneva, working with Dr. Joy Shumake-Guillemot in the Joint Office for Climate and Health.  There, I gained strong policy experience working within the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), as well as working with the High Impact Weather (HIWeather) to establish direct health benefits of improved short-term weather forecasting.

I am also a founding member of the Global Heat Health Information Network (GHHIN).

Please also see my report "Experiences and lessons in managing water from Cape Town", written with the Grantham Institute and the University of Cape Town, about lessons learnt from the recent water drought in Cape Town. 

Useful links: 

Research Gate



The future of extreme weather forecasting, preparation and response (2018)

Pet Hates Is your cat costing the Earth? (2015) 


In June 2019, I composed the soundscape for GREEN SPACE - an installation that explores the health benefits of green spaces in cities and how we connect with nature in an urban environment. It will be presented both at the MRC Festival of Medical Research and the Great Exhibition Road Festival.

The soundscape combines meditative synthesisers with delicate piano motifs. I tried to evoke the sanctuary that green spaces provide, inviting the visitors to consider the possibilities simple encounters with nature offer for relaxed, contemplative thought.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Bennett J, Tamura-Wicks H, Parks R, et al., Particulate matter air pollution and national and county life expectancy loss in the USA: a spatiotemporal analysis, PLOS Medicine, ISSN:1549-1277

Parks RM, Bennett J, Foreman K, et al., 2018, National and regional seasonal dynamics of all-cause and cause-specific mortality in the USA from 1980 to 2016, Elife, Vol:7, ISSN:2050-084X

Parks R, 2016, Weather, climate and health, Weather, Vol:71, ISSN:0043-1656, Pages:194-195


Parks R, Mclaren M, Toumi R, et al., 2019, Experiences and lessons in managing water from Cape Town

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