Joint Session 1 Thermal Extremes and Health: Understanding the Biometeorological Pathways from Exposure to Outcomes

Monday, 7 January 2019: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
North 228AB (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Hosts: (Joint between the 10th Conference on Environment and Health; the 24th Conference on Applied Climatology; and the 14th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Practice )
Kim Knowlton, Natural Resources Defense Council, Health and Environment Program, New York, NY; Jennifer Vanos, Arizona State Univ., School of Sustainability, Tempe, AZ and Hunter Jones, NOAA, Climate Program Office, Silver Spring, MD

Human exposure to thermal extremes in concert with other vulnerability factors increases the risk of negative human health outcomes ranging from reduced labor productivity to death. Human biometeorology focuses on these complex interactions between weather and human health. This session solicits presentations on advances in scientific understanding and modeling of human health consequences and their causes linked to thermal extremes (such as heat waves and cold waves). We encourage abstracts focused on a mechanistic understanding of the pathways leading to such health outcomes as well as investigations into targeted interventions which may demonstrably reduce risk when implemented. We encourage consideration of both slow-evolving heat risk and adaptation as well as short-term heat risk and interventions. This session will begin with a Core Science Keynote that describes human biometeorology in extreme heat/cold environments and the spectrum of health impacts globally. The session is sponsored by the International Society of Biometeorology.

11:00 AM

11:30 AM
Pathways to Heat Vulnerability in Phoenix, AZ
Paul M. Chakalian, Arizona State Univ., Tempe, AZ; and M. K. Wright, L. E. Watkins, L. C. Kurtz, S. L. Harlan, and D. M. Hondula
11:45 AM
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Marathons: Spectator Thermal Comfort and Health in the Face of Extreme Heat
Jennifer Vanos, Arizona State Univ., Tempe, AZ; and R. D. Brown, A. Middel, M. Yokahari, E. Kosaka, and A. Iida
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