Projecting Heat-Related Mortality Impacts Under a Changing Climate in the New York City Region
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Goldberg, Richard A.
Kinney, Patrick L.Note: Order does not necessarily reflect citation order of authors.
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CitationKnowlton, Kim, Barry Lynn, Richard A. Goldberg, Cynthia Rosenzweig, Christian Hogrefe, Joyce Klein Rosenthal, and Patrick L. Kinney. 2007. Projecting Heat-Related Mortality Impacts Under a Changing Climate in the New York City Region. American Journal of Public Health 97, no. 11: 2028–2034.
AbstractObjectives. We sought to project future impacts of climate change on summer heat-related premature deaths in the New York City metropolitan region.
Methods. Current and future climates were simulated over the northeastern United States with a global-to-regional climate modeling system. Summer heat-related premature deaths in the 1990s and 2050s were estimated by using a range of scenarios and approaches to modeling acclimatization (e.g., increased use of air conditioning, gradual physiological adaptation).
Results. Projected regional increases in heat-related premature mortality by the 2050s ranged from 47% to 95%, with a mean 70% increase compared with the 1990s. Acclimatization effects reduced regional increases in summer heat-related premature mortality by about 25%. Local impacts varied considerably across the region, with urban counties showing greater numbers of deaths and smaller percentage increases than less-urbanized counties.
Conclusions. Although considerable uncertainty exists in climate forecasts and future health vulnerability, the range of projections we developed suggests that by midcentury, acclimatization may not completely mitigate the effects of climate change in the New York City metropolitan region, which would result in an overall net increase in heat-related premature mortality.
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