Special Issue "Changes in Heatwaves–Past, Present and Future"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

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Dr. Nir Krakauer
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Department of Civil Engineering, 193 Steinman Hall, City College of New York, New York, NY 10031, USA
Interests: climate change; water resources planning; groundwater; land-atmosphere interaction; sustainable agriculture; urban ecological design; carbon cycle monitoring; renewable energy resource assessment; probabilistic forecasting; data assimilation; model uncertainty assessment
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Dear Colleagues,

Heat is already the leading cause of weather-related deaths worldwide, and heat waves are generally worsening as a result of anthropogenic global warming. Heat extremes are affected by many physical factors, notably land use and land cover. Heat impacts on health also depend on many aspects of socioeconomic organization and service provision, including health care systems. Factors such as social class, age, gender, and ethnicity can all define differential vulnerability to heat.

This Special Issue is broadly open to submissions on topics relating to heat impacts on health. Studies may focus on, for example, physical drivers of extreme heat as it affects health, climatic determinants of health impacts (e.g., temperature, humidity, wind speed, solar, and thermal radiation balances), trends in heat impacts by economic sector, and measures to ameliorate heat-related morbidity and mortality. Cultural and technological coping mechanisms such as passive cooling, solar cooling, limiting outdoor activity, and air conditioning may also be featured. The work may be transnational/global in scale, or it may concentrate on specific areas or populations.

Dr. Nir Krakauer
Guest Editor

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  • Heat waves
  • Heat stress
  • Heatstroke
  • Temperature
  • Humidity
  • Epidemiology
  • Community health
  • Global warming
  • Climate vulnerability
  • Green infrastructure

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The Mortality Effect of Apparent Temperature: A Multi-City Study in Asia
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(9), 4675; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094675 - 28 Apr 2021
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(1) Background: The health effect of temperature has become a rising public health topic. The objective of this study is to assess the association between apparent temperature and non-accidental deaths, and the mortality burden attributed to cold and heat temperature; (2) Methods: The [...] Read more.
(1) Background: The health effect of temperature has become a rising public health topic. The objective of this study is to assess the association between apparent temperature and non-accidental deaths, and the mortality burden attributed to cold and heat temperature; (2) Methods: The daily data on temperature and deaths were collected from 10 cities in Thailand, Korea and China. We fitted a time-series regression with a distributed lag nonlinear model (DLNM) to derive the health risk of temperature for each city and then pooled them to get the overall cumulative risk by multivariate meta-analysis. Additionally, we calculated the attributable fraction of deaths for heat and cold, which was defined as temperatures above and below minimum-mortality temperature (MMT); (3) Results: There are regional heterogeneities in the minimum mortality percentiles (MMP) and attributable fractions for different countries. The MMP varied from about the 5–10th percentile in Thailand to 63–93rd percentile in China and Korea. The attributable fractions of the total deaths due to short-term exposure to temperature in Asia is 7.62%, of which the cold effect (6.44%) is much higher than the heat effect (1.18%); (4) Conclusions: Our study suggested that apparent temperature was associated with an increase in non-accidental mortality. Most of the temperature-related mortality burden was attributable to cold, except for Thailand. Full article
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