Joacim Rocklöv

Theme Leader, Professor, Senior Lecturer

Joacim Rocklöv is a professor in epidemiology at Umeå University. He has a PhD in environmental health, a master in statistics and a bachelor in mathematics. Rocklövs expertize is within statistical and mathematical modelling of disease related to meteorology and climate change. Dr. Rocklöv is leading a group of around 20 people specializing their research in the health risks and resilience to environmental exposures, and climatic change. He has been working with INDEPTH network and helped facilitated the CLIMO study, and is acting chapter scientist to the IPCC fifth assessment report in the second working group. Dr. Rocklöv is active in several externally funded research projects at Umeå University such as Dengue Tools. He is also teaching research methodology for Ph.D. candidates at the medical faculty in Umeå University.




  1. Watts N & Rocklöv et al. The 2017 Report of The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change: From 25 years of inaction to a global transformation for public health. The Lancet. 2017 Oct 30.
  2. Semenza JC, Trinanes J, Lohr W, Sudre B, Löfdahl M, Martinez-Urtaza J, Nichols GL, Rocklöv J. Environmental Suitability of Vibrio Infections in a Warming Climate: An Early Warning System. Environmental health perspectives. 2017 Oct 10;125(10).
  3. Lee, Whanhee & Rocklöv et al. "Mortality burden of diurnal temperature range and its temporal changes: A multi-country study." Environment international 110 (2018): 123-130.
  4. Sewe MS, Bunker A Ingole V, Egondi T, Oudin Åström D, Hondula DM, Rocklöv J, Schumann. The Impact of Temperature on Years of Life Lost: A Retrospective Time-series Comparison of Low-, Middle- and High-income Regions. Accepted for publication in Environmental Health Perspectives, 30 September 2017.
  5. Bunker A, Sewe OM, Sie A, Rocklöv J, Sauerborn R. Excess burden of non-communicable disease years of life lost from heat in rural Burkina Faso: a time-series analysis of the years 2000-2010. Accepted for publication in BMJ open, 28 September 2017.
  6. Jönsson AK, Lövborg H, Lohr W, Ekman B, Rocklöv J. Increased Risk of Drug-Induced Hyponatremia during High Temperatures. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2017 Jul 22;14(7):827.
  7. Sewe M, Tozan Y, Ahlm C, Rocklöv J. Using remote sensing environmental data to forecast malaria incidence at a rural district hospital in Western Kenya. Scientific Reports, Nature. Online 1 June.
  8. Quam VGM, Rocklöv J, Quam MBM, Lucas RAI. Assessing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Health Co-Benefits: A Structured Review of Lifestyle-Related Climate Change Mitigation Strategies. International journal of environmental research and public health. 2017;14(5).
  9. Hassan OA, Affognon H, Rocklöv J, Mburu P, Sang R, Ahlm C, et al. The One Health approach to identify knowledge, attitudes and practices that affect community involvement in the control of Rift Valley fever outbreaks. PLoS neglected tropical diseases. 2017;11(2):e0005383.
  10. Trang PM, Rocklöv J, Giang KB, Nilsson M. Seasonality of hospital admissions for mental disorders in Hanoi, Vietnam. Global health action. 2016;9(1):32116.
  11. Liyanage P, Tissera H, Sewe M, Quam M, Amarasinghe A, Palihawadana P, Wilder-Smith A, Louis VR, Tozan Y, Rocklöv J. A Spatial Hierarchical Analysis of the Temporal Influences of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation and Weather on Dengue in Kalutara District, Sri Lanka. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2016 Nov 4;13(11):1087.
  12. Åström DO, Edvinsson S, Hondula D, Rocklöv J, Schumann B. On the association between weather variability and total and cause-specific mortality before and during industrialization in Sweden. Demographic Research. 2016 Jul 1;35:991.
  13. Rocklöv J, Quam MB, Sudre B, German M, Kraemer MU, Brady O, Bogoch II, Liu-Helmersson J, Wilder-Smith A, Semenza JC, Ong M, Kahn K. Assessing Seasonal Risks for the Introduction and Mosquito-borne Spread of Zika Virus in Europe. EBioMedicine. 2016 Jul;9:250-6.
  14. Liu-Helmersson J, Quam M, Wilder-Smith A, Stenlund H, Ebi K, Massad E, Rocklöv J. Climate change and Aedes vectors: 21st century projections for dengue transmission in Europe. EBioMedicine. 2016 May 31;7:267-77.
  15. Egondi T, Muindi K, Kyobutungi C, Gatari M, Rocklöv J. Measuring exposure levels of inhalable airborne particles (PM 2.5) in two socially deprived areas of Nairobi, Kenya. Environmental research. 2016 Jul 31;148:500-6.
  16. Semenza JC, Rocklöv J, Penttinen P, Lindgren E. Observed and projected drivers of emerging infectious diseases in Europe. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 2016 Jul 1.
  17. Trang PM, Rocklöv J, Giang KB, Nilsson M. Seasonality of hospital admissions for mental disorders in Hanoi, Vietnam. Global Health Action. 2016 Aug 25;9.
  18. Trang PM, Rocklöv J, Giang KB, Kullgren G, Nilsson M. Heatwaves and Hospital Admissions for Mental Disorders in Northern Vietnam. PloS one. 2016 May 19;11(5):e0155609.
  19. Hii YL, Zaki RA, Aghamohammadi N, Rocklöv J. Research on Climate and Dengue in Malaysia: A Systematic Review. Current environmental health reports. 2016 Mar 1;3(1):81-90.
  20. Semenza JC, Lindgren E, Balkanyi L, Espinosa L, Almqvist MS, Penttinen P, Rocklöv J. Determinants and Drivers of Infectious Disease Threat Events in Europe. Emerging infectious diseases. 2016 Apr;22(4):581.
  21. Sewe MO, Ahlm C, Rocklöv J. Remotely Sensed Environmental Conditions and Malaria Mortality in Three Malaria Endemic Regions in Western Kenya. PloS one. 2016 Apr 26;11(4):e0154204.
  22. Rocklöv J. Climate science: Misconceptions of global catastrophe. Nature. 2016 Apr 21;532(7599):317-8.
  23. Ramadona AL, Lazuardi L, Hii YL, Holmner Å, Kusnanto H, Rocklöv J. Prediction of Dengue Outbreaks Based on Disease Surveillance and Meteorological Data. PloS one. 2016 Mar 31;11(3):e0152688.
  24. Bunker A, Wildenhain J, Vandenbergh A, Henschke N, Rocklöv J, Hajat S, Sauerborn R. Effects of Air Temperature on Climate-Sensitive Mortality and Morbidity Outcomes in the Elderly; a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Epidemiological Evidence. EBioMedicine. 2016 Apr 30;6:258-68.
  25. Struchiner CJ, Rocklöv J, Wilder-Smith A, Massad E. Increasing Dengue Incidence in Singapore over the Past 40 Years: Population Growth, Climate and Mobility. PloS one. 2015;10(8):e0136286.
  26. Quam MB, Sessions O, Kamaraj US, Rocklöv J, Wilder-Smith A. Dissecting Japan's dengue outbreak in 2014. The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene. 2016 Feb 3;94(2):409-12.
  27. Oudin ÅD, Tornevi A, Ebi KL, Rocklöv J, Forsberg B. Evolution of Minimum Mortality Temperature in Stockholm, Sweden, 1901-2009. Environmental health perspectives. 2016 Jun 1;124(6):740.
  28. Quam M, Sessions O, Liu-Helmersson J, Rocklöv J, Wilder-Smith A. Dissecting the origin of the 2014 dengue outbreak in Japan. Tropical medicine & international health. 2015, 20(1):408-408.
  29. Ingole V, Rocklöv J, Juvekar S, Schumann B. Impact of Heat and Cold on Total and Cause-Specific Mortality in Vadu HDSS—A Rural Setting in Western India. International journal of environmental research and public health. 2015 Dec 2;12(12):15298-308.
  30. Sewe M, Rocklöv J, Williamson J, Hamel M, Nyaguara A, Odhiambo F, et al. The Association of Weather Variability and Under Five Malaria Mortality in KEMRI/CDC HDSS in Western Kenya 2003 to 2008: A Time Series Analysis. International journal of environmental research and public health. 2015;12(2):1983-97.
  31. Santosa A, Rocklöv J, Högberg U, Byass P. Achieving a 25% reduction in premature non-communicable disease mortality: the Swedish population as a cohort study. BMC medicine. 2015;13(1):65.
  32. Quam MB, Khan K, Sears J, Hu W, Rocklöv J, Wilder-Smith A. Estimating Air Travel–Associated Importations of Dengue Virus Into Italy. Journal of travel medicine. 2015;22(3):186-93.
  33. Gasparrini A, Guo Y, Hashizume M, Lavigne E, Zanobetti A, Schwartz J, Rocklöv J, , et al. Mortality risk attributable to high and low ambient temperature: a multicountry observational study. The Lancet. 2015 Jul 31;386(9991):369-75.
  34. Egondi T, Kyobutungi C, Rocklöv J. Temperature Variation and Heat Wave and Cold Spell Impacts on Years of Life Lost Among the Urban Poor Population of Nairobi, Kenya. International journal of environmental research and public health. 2015;12(3):2735-48.
  35. Åström DO, Schifano P, Asta F, Lallo A, Michelozzi P, Rocklöv J, et al. The effect of heat waves on mortality in susceptible groups: a cohort study of a Mediterranean and a northern European City. Environmental health. 2015;14(1):30.
  36. Zingmark M, Fisher AG, Rocklöv J, Nilsson I. Occupation-focused interventions for well older people: An exploratory randomized controlled trial. Scandinavian journal of occupational therapy. 2014;21(6):447-57.
  37. Wilder-Smith A, Quam M, Sessions O, Rocklöv J, Liu-Helmersson J, Franco L, et al. The 2012 dengue outbreak in Madeira: exploring the origins. Eurosurveillance. 2014.
  38. Van Minh H, Anh TT, Rocklöv J, Giang KB, Trang LQ, Sahlen K-G, et al. Primary healthcare system capacities for responding to storm and flood-related health problems: a case study from a rural district in central Vietnam. Global health action. 2014;7.
  39. Thorsson S, Rocklöv J, Konarska J, Lindberg F, Holmer B, Dousset B, et al. Mean radiant temperature–A predictor of heat related mortality. Urban Climate. 2014;10:332-45.
  40. Santosa A, Rocklöv J, Högberg U, Byass P. Socio-demographic predictors of mortality inequality among Swedish men and women: a longitudinal study. The European Journal of Public Health. 2014;24(suppl 2):cku163. 087.
  41. Rocklöv J, Lohr W, Hjertqvist M, Wilder-Smith A. Attack rates of dengue fever in Swedish travellers. Scandinavian journal of infectious diseases. 2014;46(6):412-7.
  42. Rocklöv J, Giang KB, Van Minh H, Ebi K, Nilsson M, Sahlen K-G, et al. Local research evidence for public health interventions against climate change in Vietnam. Global health action. 2014;7.
  43. Rocklöv J, Forsberg B, Ebi K, Bellander T. Susceptibility to mortality related to temperature and heat and cold wave duration in the population of Stockholm County, Sweden. Global health action. 2014;7.
  44. Rocklöv J, Edvinsson S, Arnqvist P, de Luna SS, Schumann B. Association of Seasonal Climate Variability and Age-Specific Mortality in Northern Sweden before the Onset of Industrialization. International journal of environmental research and public health. 2014;11(7):6940-54.
  45. Pettersson L, Thunberg T, Rocklöv J, Klingström J, Evander M, Ahlm C. Viral load and humoral immune response in association with disease severity in Puumala hantavirus‐infected patients—implications for treatment. Clinical Microbiology and Infection. 2014;20(3):235-41.
  46. Ninphanomchai S, Chansang C, Hii YL, Rocklöv J, Kittayapong P. Predictiveness of Disease Risk in a Global Outreach Tourist Setting in Thailand Using Meteorological Data and Vector-Borne Disease Incidences. International journal of environmental research and public health. 2014;11(10):10694-709.
  47. Muindi K, Egondi T, Kimani-Murage E, Rocklöv J, Ng N. “We are used to this”: a qualitative assessment of the perceptions of and attitudes towards air pollution amongst slum residents in Nairobi. BMC public health. 2014;14(1):226.
  48. Liu-Helmersson J, Stenlund H, Wilder-Smith A, Rocklöv J. Vectorial capacity of Aedes aegypti: effects of temperature and implications for global dengue epidemic potential. PloS one. 2014;9(3):e89783.
  49. Le Thi Huong LTT, Xuan LHP, Rocklöv J, Doan Thi Thu Huyen. Diet and nutritional status among children 24–59 months by seasons in a mountainous area of Northern Vietnam in 2012. Global health action. 2014;7.
  50. Giang PN, Do Van Dung KBG, Van Vinhc H, Rocklöv J. The effect of temperature on cardiovascular disease hospital admissions among elderly people in Thai Nguyen Province, Vietnam. Global health action. 2014;7.
  51. Ebi KL, Rocklöv J. Climate change and health modeling: horses for courses. Global health action. 2014;7.
  52. Caminade C, Kovats S, Rocklöv J, Tompkins AM, Morse AP, Colón-González FJ, et al. Impact of climate change on global malaria distribution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2014;111(9):3286-91.
  53. An DTM, Rocklöv J. Epidemiology of dengue fever in Hanoi from 2002 to 2010 and its meteorological determinants. Global health action. 2014;7.
  54. Stordalen GA, Rocklöv J, Nilsson M, Byass P. Only an integrated approach across academia, enterprise, governments, and global agencies can tackle the public health impact of climate change. Global health action. 2013;6.
  55. Schumann B, Edvinsson S, Evengård B, Rocklöv J. The influence of seasonal climate variability on mortality in pre-industrial Sweden. Global health action. 2013;6.
  56. Massad E, Rocklöv J, Wilder-Smith A. Dengue infections in non-immune travellers to Thailand. Epidemiology and infection. 2013;141(02):412-7.
  57. Hondula DM, Davis RE, Rocklöv J, Saha MV. A time series approach for evaluating intra-city heat-related mortality. Journal of epidemiology and community health. 2013;67(8):707-12.
  58. Egondi T, Kyobutungi C, Ng N, Muindi K, Oti S, Vijver Svd, Rocklöv J. Community perceptions of air pollution and related health risks in Nairobi Slums. International journal of environmental research and public health. 2013;10(10):4851-68.
  59. Åström DO, Forsberg B, Edvinsson S, Rocklöv J. Acute fatal effects of short-lasting extreme temperatures in Stockholm, Sweden: evidence across a century of change. Epidemiology. 2013;24(6):820-9.
  60. Åström DO, Forsberg B, Ebi KL, Rocklöv J. Attributing mortality from extreme temperatures to climate change in Stockholm, Sweden. Nature Climate Change. 2013;3(12):1050-4.
  61. Wilder-Smith A, Renhorn K-E, Tissera H, Bakar SA, Alphey L, Kittayapong P, Rocklöv J, et al. DengueTools: innovative tools and strategies for the surveillance and control of dengue. Global health action. 2012;5.
  62. Rocklöv J, Sauerborn R, Sankoh O. Weather conditions and population level mortality in resource-poor settings–understanding the past before projecting the future. Global health action. 2012;5.
  63. Rocklöv J, Ebi KL. High Dose Extrapolation in Climate Change Projections of Heat-Related Mortality. Journal of agricultural, biological, and environmental statistics. 2012;17(3):461-75.
  64. Rocklov J, Barnett AG, Woodward A. On the estimation of heat-intensity and heat-duration effects in time series models of temperature-related mortality in Stockholm, Sweden. Environmental health 2012;11(1):23.
  65. Ingole V, Juvekar S, Muralidharan V, Sambhudas S, Rocklöv J. The short-term association of temperature and rainfall with mortality in Vadu Health and Demographic Surveillance System: a population level time series analysis. Global health action. 2012;5.
  66. Hondula DM, Rocklöv J, Sankoh OA. Past, present, and future climate at select INDEPTH member Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems in Africa and Asia. Global health action. 2012;5.
  67. Holmner Å, Rocklöv J, Ng N, Nilsson M. Climate change and eHealth: a promising strategy for health sector mitigation and adaptation. Global health action. 2012;5.
  68. Hii YL, Zhu H, Ng N, Ng LC, Rocklöv J. Forecast of dengue incidence using temperature and rainfall. Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases. 2012.
  69. Hii YL, Rocklöv J, Wall S, Ng LC, Tang CS, Ng N. Optimal lead time for dengue forecast. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2012 Oct 18;6(10):e1848.
  70. Egondi T, Kyobutungi C, Kovats S, Muindi K, Ettarh R, Rocklöv J. Time-series analysis of weather and mortality patterns in Nairobi's informal settlements. Global health action. 2012;5.
  71. Diboulo E, Sie A, Rocklöv J, Niamba L, Ye M, Bagagnan C, et al. Weather and mortality: a 10 year retrospective analysis of the Nouna Health and Demographic Surveillance System, Burkina Faso. Global health action. 2012;5.
  72. Barnett A, Hajat S, Gasparrini A, Rocklöv J. Cold and heat waves in the United States. Environmental research. 2012;112:218-24.
  73. Åström C, Rocklöv J, Hales S, Béguin A, Louis V, Sauerborn R. Potential distribution of dengue fever under scenarios of climate change and economic development. EcoHealth. 2012;9(4):448-54.
  74. Aström C, Orru H, Rocklöv J, Strandberg G, Ebi KL, Forsberg B. Heat-related respiratory hospital admissions in Europe in a changing climate: a health impact assessment. BMJ open. 2012;3(1).
  75. Hii YL, Rocklöv J, Ng N. Short term effects of weather on hand, foot and mouth disease. PloS one. 2011;6(2):e16796.
  76. Béguin A, Hales S, Rocklöv J, Åström C, Louis VR, Sauerborn R. The opposing effects of climate change and socio-economic development on the global distribution of malaria. Global Environmental Change. 2011;21(4):1209-14.
  77. Ärlestig L, Mullazehi M, Kokkonen H, Rocklöv J, Rönnelid J, Dahlqvist SR. Antibodies against cyclic citrullinated peptides of IgG, IgA and IgM isotype and rheumatoid factor of IgM and IgA isotype are increased in unaffected members of multicase rheumatoid arthritis families from northern Sweden. Annals of the rheumatic diseases. 2011:annrheumdis-2011-200668.
  78. Rocklöv J, Forsberg B. The effect of high ambient temperature on the elderly population in three regions of Sweden. International journal of environmental research and public health. 2010;7(6):2607-19.
  79. Rocklöv J, Nguefack-Tsague G, Tetanye E, Kjellstrom T. Heat impact on schoolchildren in Cameroon, Africa: potential health threat from climate change. Global health action. 2010;3.
  80. Kokkonen H, Söderström I, Rocklöv J, Hallmans G, Lejon K, Rantapää Dahlqvist S. Up‐regulation of cytokines and chemokines predates the onset of rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis & Rheumatism. 2010;62(2):383-91.
  81. Rocklöv J, Ebi K, Forsberg B. Mortality related to temperature and persistent extreme temperatures: a study of cause-specific and age-stratified mortality. Occupational and environmental medicine. 2010:oem. 2010.058818.
  82. Rocklöv J, Forsberg B, Meister K. Winter mortality modifies the heat-mortality association the following summer. European Respiratory Journal. 2009;33(2):245-51.
  83. Rocklöv J, Forsberg B. Comparing approaches for studying the effects of climate extremes–a case study of hospital admissions in Sweden during an extremely warm summer. Global health action. 2009;2.
  84. Hii YL, Rocklöv J, Ng N, Tang CS, Pang FY, Sauerborn R. Climate variability and increase in intensity and magnitude of dengue incidence in Singapore. Global health action. 2009;2.
  85. Rocklöv J, Forsberg B. The effect of temperature on mortality in Stockholm 1998–2003: a study of lag structures and heatwave effects. Scandinavian journal of public health. 2008.