Special Issue "Climate Services, Weather Forecasts and Prevention of Human Thermal Stress"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Climate Change and Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2019).
Interests: Environmental and Occupational Health; Thermal Climate Factors, Human Thermal Environment Interactions; Heat and Cold Stress; Thermal Stress Warning and Personalized Adaptation
Interests: Exercise and Sports; Exercise Physiology; Temperature Regulation and Environment Influence on Performance
Interests: Process Studies; Atmosphere; Climate; Global Warming; Extreme Events; Data Analysis; Atmospheric Modelling; Atmospheric Dynamics; Climate Services
Interests: process studies; atmosphere; climate; global warming; hydrosphere; cryosphere; climatic effects; climate statistics; regional climate modelling; climate services
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Climate change is increasing average global temperatures and the intensity, frequency and duration of heat waves and cold spells. The impacts of climate change and associated heat or cold stress depend not only on climate factors, but also on human thermoregulation capacity, metabolic heat production, clothing and other factors. Therefore, weather forecasts will be more valuable if combined with individual characteristics and translated into integrated evaluation of heat balance and personalized adaptation strategies for improved thermal stress warnings, preparedness, prevention, and protection. Heat and cold stress and thermal physiological responses usually occur before heat and cold related illnesses. Therefore, the evaluation and prediction of the impact of weather patterns on heat and cold strain can provide earlier warnings for health effects of clinical significance.
This special issue welcomes studies and reviews on combining meteorological forecasts with evaluation of thermal physiological responses and perceived thermal sensations. This can include integration of weather forecast data with human heat balance models and individual user characteristics to provide optimized early warning systems to address negative impacts of extreme weather events on physiology, health, perceived thermal comfort and productivity. Human thermal modelling in connection with meteorological data and practical case studies on effective prevention, protection, intervention, sustainable solutions and adaptation strategies are relevant research areas. Meteorological services to forecast thermal stress and health risks for vulnerable populations, such as elderly people and children in indoor and urban environments, associated with extreme weather events for improved prevention and protection are within the scope of this special issue.
This special issue will provide readers with up-to-date information on human and thermal climate interactions, and with the perspectives of linking meteorological forecasts to thermal stress assessment for early warning, improved prevention, adaptation and policy to cope with thermal climate challenges.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chuansi Gao
Prof. Dr. Lars Nybo
Dr. Cornelia Schwierz
Dr. Sven Kotlarski
Manuscript Submission Information
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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. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly 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 2300 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.
- Climate change projection
- Meteorological forecast
- Extreme weather events
- Heat and cold stress
- Impact of climate change on health and productivity
- Thermal stress warning
- Prevention and adaptation