The Heat is On: Climate Change and Heatwaves in the Midwest

This paper from the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change) reviews the projected intensity and frequency of heat waves in the Midwestern United States for the 21st century, potential public health ramifications and related adaptation options. It is one of four case studies in an overall report, "Regional Impacts of Climate Change: Four Case Studies in the United States," that examines the impacts of particular interest to different regions of the U.S. Heat wave model scenarios were run in Chicago, Cincinnati, and St. Louis.

All model scenarios utilized revealed projected future increases in the average frequency and duration of heat waves. In order to adapt to the impacts associated with more frequent and intense heat waves, the report recommends a series of short- and long-term adaptation options, including implementation of an early warning system, reduction of the urban heat island effect, and increased public education.

Publication Date: December 2007

Authors or Affiliated Users:

  • Kris Ebi
  • Gerald A. Meehl

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  • Assessment
  • Climate science

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