Socioeconomic indicators of heat-related health risk supplemented with remotely sensed data
This study evaluates a potential method for determining localized risk from extreme heat events (EHEs) in urban environments by integrating socio-demographic risk factors with estimates of land surface temperature. Methods that provide more spatially specific information may better inform planning and intervention in areas where increased prevalence of heat-related illness and EHEs are likely to occur.
The report suggests the refinement of current risk assessment systems to increase the likelihood of survival during EHEs. The long-term goal of this application is to provide local emergency response personnel with a practical tool to better plan and prepare for heat waves by facilitating better resource allocation and tailoring of health communication messages to groups most at risk.
Publication Date: October 16, 2009
Authors or Affiliated Users:
- Daniel P. Johnson
- Jeffrey S. Wilson
- George C. Luber
- International Journal of Health Geographics
- Assessment guide
- Heat waves
- Air temperature