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Assessment of Heat-Related Health Impacts in Brisbane, Australia: Comparison of Different Heatwave Definitions

By Shilu Tong* Xiao Yu Wang

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Background: There is no global definition of a heatwave because local acclimatisation and adaptation influence the impact of extreme heat. Even at a local level there can be multiple heatwave definitions, based on varying temperature levels or time periods. We investigated the relationship between heatwaves and health outcomes using ten different heatwave definitions in Brisbane, Australia. Methodology/Principal Findings: We used daily data on climate, air pollution, and emergency hospital admissions i

Year: 2010
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