Extreme heat Tweet chat: Learn more about extreme heat, the urban heat island effect, and how communities are reducing heat risks

July 17, 2019

In the United States, extreme heat can be deadly, and heatwaves are becoming more intense, more frequent, and longer-lasting. Heat health risks are likely to increase in coming decades, as the observed upward trend in extreme heat is projected to continue, according to the Fourth National Climate Assessment.

Queens heat wave

Orange sunset & Queensborough Bridge, New York City, June 6, 2011. Creative Commons license by Chris Goldberg.

It is with this problem in mind that NOAA’s Climate Program Office, the Centers for Disease Control, and domestic and international partners developed the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS). The partners are hoping to reduce Americans’ heat health risks by providing decision makers with integrated climate, weather, and health information at all timescales, from future decades to real-time watches and warnings.

On Friday, July 19, from noon to 1:00 p.m. Eastern, join four heat health experts in a far-reaching tweet chat to learn more about how extreme heat is changing, the impacts extreme heat has on people, and how communities are working together to make themselves more climate resilient.

The following experts will be answering questions:

  • Hunter Jones, Climate and Health Projects Manager within NOAA’s Climate Program Office,
  • Daniel Bader, Program Manager at Columbia University’s Center for Climate Systems Research of the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN), a NOAA RISA Program, and
  • Dr. Patrick Kinney, professor of Urban Health at Boston University’s School of Public Health and a part of CCRUN.
  • Alisha Pegan, Climate Ready Boston Coordinator

Join us for an Extreme Heat Tweet Chat, 

  • What: Tweet Chat—tweet your questions @NOAAClimate and use the hashtag #ClimateQA
  • When: July 19, Noon – 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Where: https://twitter.com/NOAAClimate

Can’t make the chat? Return to this page in coming weeks; we will update this page with a selection of questions and answers from the discussion.