Climate Change and Extreme Heat Events

This article, from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, reviews major epidemiological risk factors associated with mortality from extreme heat exposure and discusses future drivers of heat-related mortality, including a warming climate, the urban heat island effect, and an aging population. The report discusses aspects of an effective public health response, including steps for creating heat response plans, strategies to combat urban heat island effect, the use of remote sensing and GIS methodologies to locate vulnerable areas, and the importance of effective communications strategies.

Publication Date: November 2008

Authors or Affiliated Users:

  • George Luber
  • Michael McGeehin

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  • American Journal of Preventive Medicine

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  • Planning guides

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