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Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2016-154
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19 May 2016
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This discussion paper has been under review for the journal Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (NHESS). A final paper in NHESS is not foreseen.
Influence of heat index on regional mortality in Europe
Daniel Lee and Thomas Brenner Philipps-University Marburg, Deutschhausstr. 10, 35037 Marburg, Germany
Abstract. Numerous studies of single locations have shown that high perceived temperatures have negative health consequences – including higher mortality – for humans. Others have confirmed that the frequency of such dangerous heat events will increase in the future. This study extends these insights by examining the relationship between heat index, a measure of the physiological effects of heat, and mortality for a large area (Europe) on a regional scale. The results show that, in Europe as a whole, the heat index has a significant influence on mortality. Furthermore, this influence is heterogeneously distributed throughout different regions in Europe. In light of Europe's changing climate, this knowledge can serve as a basis for policies to mitigate the effects of heat waves in the future.

Citation: Lee, D. and Brenner, T.: Influence of heat index on regional mortality in Europe, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2016-154, 2016.
Daniel Lee and Thomas Brenner
Daniel Lee and Thomas Brenner

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Hot weather has been shown in many studies to have detrimental effects on human health. In this paper we explore the effects of hot weather on mortality at a regional level across Europe. It shows that hot weather causes increased numbers of death. Furthermore, it shows that regions with different demographic structures are affected differently by hot weather. This implies that lessons can be learned from robust regions and transferred to vulnerable regions, thus possibly saving lives.
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