Heat stress

Alternate Term Label:
Heatwave-related morbidity
Outdoor thermal discomfort
NARROWER TERMS
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Heat stress and work in the era of climate change: what we know, and what we need to learn

Research has confirmed that climate change is contributing to the growing problem of heat stress in a wide range of Australian workplaces. This report provides first-hand accounts of dangerous levels of heat stress experienced in a range of occupations – including construction, outdoor maintenance work...
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Be cool in Gannawarra

Be Cool in Gannawarra focused on vulnerable populations of under 5 years olds and over 65-year-olds. The project focused on improving the service that are able to provide clients in Home and Community Care and Maternal Child and Health assessments to include heat as a...
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Benchmarking heat across Campbelltown City, New South Wales

The compounding effects of climate change and rapid urbanisation cause cities to heat up. The communities of Campbelltown City in the southern region of the Greater Sydney Basin already experience extreme summer temperatures and heatwave conditions. Until now, the magnitude of air temperature variation in...
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Benchmarking heat in Parramatta, Sydney's Central River City

The compounding effects of climate change and rapid urbanisation cause cities to heat up. The City of Parramatta in the central region of the Greater Sydney Basin already experiences extreme summer temperatures and heatwave conditions on an annual basis. This report describes microclimate across the...
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Benchmarking heat across Cumberland Council, New South Wales

This report examines microclimatic variation across the LGA of Cumberland Council, New South Wales. During the summer of 2018/19, more than 1.4 million individual measurements of air temperature were recorded at 97 locations in and around the LGA. Our data analyses revealed that communities living...
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Cooling the commons

This pilot study reviewed factors that combine to produce urban heating in Sydney’s rapidly developing urban fringe and key socio-environmental issues such as the health effects of periods of extreme heat and the loss of shading and cooling effects as the tree canopy is further...
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Increased frequency of and population exposure to extreme heat index days in the United States during the 21st century

The National Weather Service of the United States uses the heat index—a combined measure of temperature and relative humidity—to define risk thresholds warranting the issuance of public heat alerts.
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Killer heat in the United States: climate choices and the future of dangerously hot days

This analysis provides a view of how extreme heat events caused by dangerous combinations of temperature and humidity are likely to become more frequent and widespread in the United States over this century.
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Patterns of urban heat island effect in Adelaide: a mobile traverse experiment

Urban structure, hard surfaces and shortage of vegetation cause an artificial temperature increase in cities, known as the urban heat island effect. This paper determines the daily patterns of urban heat in Adelaide, Australia. The near-surface temperature profile of Adelaide was mapped in 60 journeys...
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Spatial and activity preferences during heat stress conditions in Adelaide: towards increased adaptation capacity of the built environment

Outdoor thermal discomfort pushes citizens into air-conditioned buildings and causes increased demand for water and electricity in the majority of Australian urban heat islands. Citizens’ spatial and activity preferences during heat stress conditions are under investigation in this paper. Citizens’ outdoor activity choices in different...