Case Studies

Building Evidence That Effective Heat Alert Systems Save Lives In Southeast Australia

Record heat waves in southeast Australia in January 2009 and January 2014 led to an increase in mortality and morbidity, in excess of the rates expected for the time of the year.

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Cctalk! Communicating Effectively With High-Risk Populations In Austria:
A Five-Step Methodology

Due to climate change, excessive heat and heat waves are a growing threat to public health, in particularly to the elderly. The most widely documented policy for reducing heat vulnerabilities to date is the adoption of heat warnings and air quality alert systems to trigger emergency responses (20).

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Finding The Right Thresholds To Trigger Action In Heat Wave Early Warning Systems In Spain

In Spain, the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) has been successful in using weather prediction models to forecast short- and medium-range extreme temperatures, and an early warning system (Meteolerta) has been implemented in cooperation with European EUMETNET member countries (MeteoAlarm).

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Heat Wave And Health Risk Early Warning Systems In China

Climate change is increasing the frequency, intensity, and duration of extreme ambient temperature, especially heat waves. There is worldwide evidence that extreme high temperatures are associated with excess deaths in summer (67–69). All these deaths are preventable.

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How Hot Will It Be? Translating Climate Model Outputs For Public Health Practice In The United States

What meteorological factors are going to change? How much will they change? Will there be spatial variation? These are foundational issues for public health agencies in preparing for the impacts of climate change.

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Innovative Heat Wave Early Warning System And Action Plan In Ahmedabad, India

More than 7 million people live in the rapidly urbanizing city of Ahmedabad, located in the state of Gujarat in Western India. Heat waves have already proven to be dangerous in the city, leading to heat stress, heat stroke
and heat-related illnesses.

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Iterative Development And Testing Of A
Heat Warning And Information System In Alberta, Canada

Climate change is anticipated to increase the frequency and intensity of extreme heat events in northern latitudes, including in Canada (11 -13). Such heat events can lead to increases in hospital admissions, morbidity and premature mortality, particularly among the most vulnerable groups (14,15).

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Knowing When Cold Winters And Warm Summers Can Reduce Ambulatory Care Performance In London

As part of a climate change risk assessment, Public Health England took the initiative to analyse the impact of cold winters and warm summers on the number of ambulance call-outs and ambulance response times in London. This study is the rst of its kind in the United Kingdom.

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Protecting The Elderly From Heat And Cold Stress In Hong Kong: Using Climate Information And Client-Friendly Communication Technology

Previous studies suggest that thermal stress under cold and hot weather conditions is strongly linked with higher mortality and hospitalization rates in Hong Kong, particularly among the elderly (6–8). In Asia, Hong Kong is second only to Japan in terms of population ageing.

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Supreme: An Integrated Heat Health Warning System For Quebec

The southern and central regions of Québec can experience heat waves that are responsible for a substantial increase in human death and morbidity over urban and suburban areas (63).

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COMING SOON

Case studies included in the following publication: WHO/WMO. (2016) Climate Services for Health: Fundamentals and Case Studies for improving public health decision-making in a new climate. Eds. J.Shumake-Guillemot and L.Fernandez-Montoya. Geneva. View the publication here: https://public.wmo.int/en/resources/library/climate-services-health-case-studies