Themed Joint Session 8 Too Hot to Handle: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Extreme Heat as Disaster. Part I

Tuesday, 8 January 2019: 1:30 PM-2:30 PM
North 224A (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Hosts: (Joint between the 24th Conference on Applied Climatology; and the 10th Conference on Environment and Health )
Liza C. Kurtz, Arizona State Univ., School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Tempe, AZ; Jane Wilson Baldwin, Princeton Univ., Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Princeton, NJ and Trent Ford, Southern Illinois Univ., Geography & Environmental Resources, Carbondale, IL

Extreme heat and heat waves are often understood as meteorological events conceptually and practically distinct from dramatic weather disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, or floods. This differentiation may be due to the decorous behavior of heat as a hazard; in most cases, heat does not cause visible infrastructure damage, destroy housing, or invoke costly recovery efforts. Yet extreme heat is one of the leading meteorological causes of morbidity and mortality in post-industrial countries, with death tolls far greater than most other meteorological disasters combined. This session will examine the circumstances under which extreme heat events rise to the level of a ‘disaster’, and the political and policy implications of using ‘disaster’ as a label. We invite presentations discussing the underexamined role of co-occurring hazards in creating large-scale heat emergencies, including technological failures (e.g., power outage, water contamination) and multi-hazard events (e.g., extreme heat following hurricanes or during long-term drought.)  We also aim to showcase work exploring how social, physical, and economic conditions, including social isolation, poverty, and even the built environment, can amplify the effects of extreme heat from meteorological reality to human disaster.

1:30 PM
Public Perceptions of the Health Risks of Extreme Heat at the State, County, and Neighborhood Level
Peter D. Howe, Utah State Univ., Logan, UT; and J. R. Marlon and A. Leiserowitz
1:45 PM
The Impact of Extreme Heat Events on Individuals over Age 65 and the Mitigation of Lives Lost and Affected
Elisabeth F. Callen, American Academy of Family Physicians, Leawood, KS; and N. Loskutova
2:00 PM
It’s Not the heat, It’s the Vulnerability: Attribution of the 2016 spike in Heat-Associated Deaths in Maricopa County, Arizona
David M. Hondula, Arizona State Univ., Tempe, AZ; and H. Putnam, A. Urban, V. Berisha, M. C. Roach, and P. M. Iñiguez
2:15 PM
The Global Heat Health Information Network (GHHIN): Supporting to Global Heat Health Disaster Risk Reduction
Hunter M. Jones, NOAA, Silver Spring, TX; and J. Shumake-Guillemot and J. Trtanj

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