Special Issue "Extreme Weather-Related Morbidity and Mortality: Risks and Responses"


A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 September 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Kristie L. Ebi
ClimAdapt, LLC, 424 Tyndall St., Los Altos, CA 94022, USA
E-Mail: krisebi@essllc.org

Guest Editor
Dr. Jeremy Hess
Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, 49 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA
E-Mail: jhess@emory.edu

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Climate change is increasing the frequency, intensity, duration, and spatial extent of some weather and climate extremes. The associated human health risks have been only too well demonstrated recently, with significant impacts in countries across all levels of socioeconomic development. These events presented opportunities for evaluating approaches to risk assessment, communication, and management; for addressing barriers to climate change adaptation; and for recalibration of adaptation limits. Lessons learned include the importance of preparedness for extremes outside the historic coping range, having early warning and response plans that address underlying vulnerabilities as well as exposure, the critical role of coordination and inter-sectoral collaboration, and that wealth alone is insufficient to prevent adverse impacts.

Despite recent advances, public health and health care institutions need a better understanding of the vulnerability of exposed populations, particularly subgroups with higher sensitivity because of location, social and cultural factors, or biophysical factors; of approaches to characterizing and managing risks from extreme events in a changing climate; of effective techniques to anticipating and communicating shifting risks over time, particularly in the medium-term; and of appropriate responses. Evidence related to interventions that may reduce risks, including factors affecting implementation as well as intervention outcomes, is a high priority. Theoretical work, including methods for characterizing extremes such as exposures, strategies for modeling and projecting associated health impacts, and epidemiological approaches to evaluating interventions, are also important. Such enhanced understanding can inform actions to increase population and community resilience to current and future extremes.

This special issue will synthesize what is known about exposures, vulnerabilities, and the capacities to manage current and projected extreme weather and climate events, with emphasis on exposures and events other than high temperatures and heatwaves, projections exploring the extent to which climate and development could alter risk, lessons learned across regions, and best practices in transitional and transformational adaptive management.

Dr. Kristie L. Ebi
Dr. Jeremy Hess
Guest Editors


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  • climate variability
  • extreme weather and climate events
  • vulnerability
  • adaptation
  • adaptive capacity
  • coping capacity
  • disaster risk management
  • resilience

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p. 10737-10751
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(10), 10737-10751; doi:10.3390/ijerph111010737
Received: 6 August 2014; in revised form: 1 October 2014 / Accepted: 7 October 2014 / Published: 16 October 2014
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(4), 3473-3492; doi:10.3390/ijerph110403473
Received: 26 January 2014; in revised form: 26 February 2014 / Accepted: 4 March 2014 / Published: 25 March 2014
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