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Projected impacts on heat-related mortality from changes in the mean and variability of temperature with climate change

By Simon Newland Gosling, Jason Lowe, Glenn McGregor, University of Reading Walker Institute, Met Office Hadley Centre and University of Auckland School of Environment

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the importance of changing temperature variability\ud with climate change in assessments of future heat-related mortality. Previous studies have only considered\ud changes in the mean temperature. Here we present estimates of heat-related mortality resulting from climate\ud change for six cities: Boston, Budapest, Dallas, Lisbon, London and Sydney. They are based on climate\ud change scenarios for the 2080s (2070-2099) and the temperature-mortality (t-m) models constructed and\ud validated in Gosling et al. (2007). We propose a novel methodology for assessing the impacts of climate\ud change on heat-related mortality that considers both changes in the mean and variability of the temperature\ud distribution

Topics: 551
Publisher: IOP
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:centaur.reading.ac.uk:1624

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