Special Issue "Climate Change, Heat Waves, and Human Health"

A special issue of Climate (ISSN 2225-1154).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Sari Kovats

NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Environmental Change and Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 15-17 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9SH, United Kingdom
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Interests: health protection, mortality, evaluation, heatwaves, risk assessment, climate change, epidemiology, population health, global health
Guest Editor
Dr. Michael G. Sanderson

Met Office Hadley Centre, FitzRoy Road, Exeter EX1 3PB, United Kingdom
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Interests: heatwaves, climate change, climate models, mortality, climate impacts, climate projections, air pollution

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Heatwaves have serious effects on human health and wellbeing. Heat waves kill but their effects are often invisible. Heat-related deaths are generally preventable through low cost interventions. The research evidence base needs to catch up with the rapid development of national and local heat-health warning systems based on daily meteorological alerts, which can be linked to actions that protect human health. Looking forward, national met services are likely to develop seasonal forecasts for hot summers.

This special issue will focus on heatwaves and their impacts; how future climate change will affect future exposures; and the policies, strategies and measures to address these changing risks. We welcome studies on climate services for heatwaves. We particularly value research that evaluates the usefulness of heatwave forecasts and alerts, and identifies the needs of users of heatwave forecasts, as well as the formal evaluation of heat health warning systems. Research on trends in heatwaves and health-relevant exposures is welcome, including papers that attempt to attribute observed increases in extreme temperatures to anthropogenic climate change. Finally, we welcome research on projections of heat waves and very extreme temperatures that will test our limits to adaptation. We particularly welcome submissions on heatwaves in low and middle income countries.

Dr. Sari Kovats
Dr. Michael G. Sanderson
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Climate is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 550 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Heat Waves
  • health
  • seasonal forecasting
  • climate services
  • heat alerts
  • extreme weather
  • evaluation
  • health protection

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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