Rio Grande/Bravo Extreme Heat and Human Health: NIHHIS Southwest Regional Pilot
With hotter temperatures projected for the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo region, it has become imperative to develop more robust systems for dealing with the public health risks associated with extreme heat. Participants at the July 13, 2016 workshop identified physical and public health science, communication, and practice needs and gaps, in order to work on improving extreme heat monitoring and public health preparedness in the region. Working groups, initiated at the July workshop (“work streams”), have continued to work on filling these gaps, including contributing to a broad assessment of existing knowledge and capacity related to climate, weather, and public health in the region.
University of Arizona, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
University of Arizona, Institute of the Environment
To participate in a work stream committee, please complete this form. The goals of each work stream are listed below.
- Historical climatology and vulnerability
- Goal: Improve understanding of (a) the historical climatology of the region, with respect to extreme heat episodes, (b) the historic responses to previous occurrences of extreme heat and the efficacy of those responses, (c) the regional vulnerabilities to episodes of extreme heat, and (d) indicators that will be useful in providing early warning of extreme heat episodes.
- Linkages between heat parameters and health outcomes
- Goal: Improve understanding of the connections and correlations between heat-related parameters and health consequences, in order to determine the most effective parameters to monitor for reducing heat-related morbidity and mortality.
- Prediction, outlooks, early warning
- Goal: Improve understanding of the heat-health forecast products and services that can be made available to predict episodes of extreme heat, on multiple timescales, in order to provide advance warning to reduce heat-related morbidity and mortality.
- Communication/engagement and capacity building/training
- Goal: Ensure the improved understanding, of heat waves and health impacts, is broadly accessible and well understood, so that it influences behavior and reduces morbidity and mortality.
- Goal: Assess and improve the financial, institutional, and community capacity and training needed to effectively use early warning information and implement or enhance early warning capabilities, in order to reduce heat-related morbidity, and enhance resilience to extreme heat episodes.
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Kick-Off Workshop - July 13, 2016
Please refer to the workshop report at the top of this page for more information about the workshop
Session 1: Welcome, Overview, Introductions
Session 2A: Climate Context and Public Health & Emergency Management Decision-making in the Southwest Region
Session 2B: NIHHIS, Heat-Health Early Warning, and NOAA's Climate Resilience Toolkit
Juli Trtanj - NOAA Climate Program Office
Session 3A: Heat-Health Capacity in the Region
Session 4: Looking Ahead in Early Warning