Heatwaves and Climate Change

Three consecutive days of daily maximum temperatures in the top 10 percent of warmest temperatures for that date constitutes a heatwave. The dangers posed by extreme heat have been dramatically illustrated in recent years. During the heatwave in Victoria in January–February 2009 there were an estimated 374 excess deaths due to heat and 173 fatalities caused by subsequent bushfires. The Government’s 2013 State of Australian Cities report predicts that heatwave-related deaths in Australian cities will more than double in the next 40 years. Such events will place significant strain on an already stressed healthcare system with ambulance callouts and emergency department visits rising sharply on very hot days.

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Quantifying excess deaths related to heatwaves under climate change scenarios: A multicountry time series modelling study
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Professor

Michael Zyphur

Academic researcher
Business & Economics, University of Melbourne
Heatwaves
Inequity
Mental health
Associate Professor

Geoff Morgan

Environmental Epidemiologist
University of Sydney
Air quality
Bushfires
Co-benefits
Environmental health
Heatwaves
Dr

Liz Hanna

PhD, MPH, BA, RN, FPHAA, PACN
Honorary Senior Fellow
Australian National University
Adaptation strategies
Climate extremes
Climate policy
Environmental health
Heatwaves
Dr

Ed Jegasothy

MBiostat MIPH PhD
Lecturer, Environmental Health
University of Sydney
Air quality
Environmental health
Heatwaves
Inequity
Urban climate
Dr

Shanshan Li

Deputy Head of Monash Climate, Air Quality Research Unit
Senior Research Fellow
Monash University
Air quality
Environmental health
Heatwaves
Vulnerable populations
Dr

Jatin Kala

Senior Lecturer
Murdoch University
Atmospheric science
Climate extremes
Climate modelling
Heatwaves
Meteorology
Dr

Mathew Lipson

PhD
Research Associate
UNSW Sydney
Climate modelling
Energy policy
Heatwaves
Meteorology
Mitigation strategies
Professor

Jason Evans

Professor
Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW
Atmospheric science
Bushfires
Climate extremes
Climate modelling
Climate observations
Dr

Bec Harris

Senior Lecturer in Climatology
University of Tasmania
Adaptation strategies
Agriculture / farming
Bushfires
Climate extremes
Heatwaves
Dr

Margot Bador

Associate Researcher
CLEX Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, UNSW Sydney
Atmospheric science
Climate extremes
Climate modelling
Climate observations
Heatwaves
Dr

Shannon Rutherford

Senior Lecturer
School of Medicine, Griffith University
Adaptation strategies
Environmental health
Heatwaves
Vulnerable populations
Associate Professor

Ollie Jay

PhD
Director - Sydney Heat and Health Research Platform
University of Sydney
Adaptation strategies
Health promotion
Heatwaves
Vulnerable populations
Dr

Ivan Hanigan

Data science epidemiology
The University of Sydney
Air quality
Bushfires
Climate extremes
Heatwaves
Mental health
Associate Professor

Paul Beggs

Associate Professor
Macquarie University
Adaptation strategies
Air quality
Atmospheric science
Biometeorology
Environmental health
Dr

Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick

Future Fellow/Senior Lecturer
Climate Change Research centre, UNSW Sydney
Atmospheric science
Climate extremes
Climate modelling
Climate observations
Compound events
Associate Professor

Ying Zhang

Academic Lead (Student Life)
School of Public Health, University of Sydney
Climate extremes
Co-benefits
Environmental health
Heatwaves
Infectious diseases
Associate Professor

Yuming Guo

Head of Monash Climate, Air Quality Research Unit
Monash University
Air quality
Co-benefits
Environmental health
Heatwaves
Non-communicable disease