Reducing the Health Risks of Extreme Heat
Awareness surrounding the connection between
The National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS), launched by NOAA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in June of 2015, has made significant progress towards linking early-warning capabilities to improve
NOAA-supported research on prediction of extreme heat from weather-to-climate timescales continued while CDC pursued a comprehensive national assessment of health risks associated with extreme heat. Local NIHHIS engagements in the Southwest and Northeast, based in El Paso, Texas and New York, New York, respectively, are developing a thorough understanding of the local experience of extreme heat, as well as research and integrated climate-health-information needs. Additional local-regional engagements are planned for 2017 and onward in the West, Midwest, and Southeastern United States. At the international scale, partnerships have expanded with government agencies and nongovernmental actors, including the India Meteorological Department and the Natural Resources Defense Council. NIHHIS was visible at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris in December 2015, and the South Asian Climate Outlook Forum in April 2016.