EGU21-46
https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-46
EGU General Assembly 2021
© Author(s) 2021. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Borderless Heat Stress

Chloe Brimicombe1, Claudia Di Napoli2, Rosalind Cornforth3, Florian Pappenberger4, Celia Petty3,5, and Hannah Cloke1,6,7
Chloe Brimicombe et al.
  • 1Department of Geography and Environmental Science,University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (c.r.brimicombe@pgr.reading.ac.uk)
  • 2School of Agriculture, Development and Policy,University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (c.dinapoli@reading.ac.u)
  • 3The Walker Institute, University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (r.j.cornforth@reading.ac.uk)
  • 4European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (ECMWF), Shinfield, Reading, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (florian.pappenberger@ecmwf.int)
  • 5Evidence for Development, Reading,United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (celiapetty@gmail.com)
  • 6Department of Meteorology,University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (h.l.cloke@reading.ac.uk)
  • 7Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden (h.l.cloke@reading.ac.uk)

Heatwaves are increasing in intensity, duration and frequency. One of the impacts of heatwaves is heat stress, which can lead to death and raised morbidity. This project, uses a mixed method approach. Using the ERA5.HEAT reanalysis data of the UTCI – a bio-meteorological heat stress index- and temperature, to study the climatology and trends of heat at a global level and at a regional and country level for African nations. In addition, we review a range of literature from academic papers, international reports and EM-DAT the international disaster database. All of this reveals the extent to which heat risk is communicated. As well as, revealing the growing size of heatwaves. These together provide evidence of whether more preparedness measures are needed.

How to cite: Brimicombe, C., Di Napoli, C., Cornforth, R., Pappenberger, F., Petty, C., and Cloke, H.: Borderless Heat Stress, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-46, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-46, 2020.

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