Heat stress on Health​

“Heatwaves are silent killer because they take the lives of people who are already vulnerable”

Heatwaves are associated with profound adverse impacts on humans and natural systems, such as increased mortality and health risks particularly among vulnerable populations, infrastructure stress, increased energy and water demand and reduced economic productivity. They also harm the natural systems by increasing the probability of wildfires and damage, disrupting the ecosystem and their services, reducing agricultural productivity and causing habitat loss among other effects. ​

Therefore, heatwaves affect our everyday lives in such a significant way that they are a top priority for climate adaptation in many communities. Moreover, they are expected to worsen in intensity, frequency, and duration due to climate change, and thus their negative impacts. For instance, REACHOUT cities like Milan, Athens, and Logroño have already seen more frequent and intense heatwaves, increasing their concern.​

Major policy questions:

  • How intense and frequent will heatwaves be in the future? ​
  • Which are the most affected areas and populations? ​
  • How to design adaptation plans and regional policies in line with future heat risks and vulnerable populations?

Cities can take proactive steps in addressing heatwaves by harnessing innovative tools. The Thermal Assessment Tool offers a spatially explicit analysis of heatwave hazards. This provides easy to understand visualizations with regard to heatwave frequency, duration, and intensity at different scales. ​The integration of the Thermal Assessment Tool with the Social Vulnerability Tool can enable the regional authorities to assess the areas that are prone to have higher heatwave risk. This will support urban adaptation plans addressing heat related hazards. Climate stories play a pivotal role in raising awareness, fostering cross-sectoral collaboration, and shaping a collective vision for adaptation. Once the groundwork is laid, cities can move forward by identifying and benchmarking adaptation options through the RESIN Adaptation Option Library. To ensure the practicality and effectiveness of these options, the CRC Tool comes into play, allowing for a detailed assessment at the project level, particularly for structural solutions. This comprehensive approach equips cities with the knowledge and tools necessary to proactively combat the growing threat of heatwaves and enhance the resilience of their communities.​

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The climate story of Gdynia​

Short summary: A story about Jan and Maria during extreme precipitation.

Theme: Flooding

End user: Citizens

Link to the story: under construction