Science Inventory

Mapping the Vulnerability of Human Health to Extreme Heat in the United States (Final Report)

Notice:

In August 2018, EPA announced the availability of the final report, Mapping the Vulnerability of Human Health to Extreme Heat in the United States.

Citation:

U.S. EPA. Mapping the Vulnerability of Human Health to Extreme Heat in the United States (Final Report). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-18/212F, 2018.

Impact/Purpose:

This report was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment in the Office of Research and Development at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This report is based on an expert elicitation of governmental and academic scientists. The experts completed one-on-one interviews regarding the methodology and data requirements for assessing vulnerability of certain population to the health impacts associated with extreme heat in the U.S. and for developing vulnerability maps that characterize and locate vulnerable populations. Prior to the expert elicitation, a manuscript was prepared that reviews and summarizes the scientific literature and provides the background and motivation for this report.

Description:

The EPA has begun to identify and define methodologies for developing maps and mapping tools that allow for an assessment of the health impacts of extreme heat on vulnerable populations. Maps can serve as powerful tools for analysis and communication. They reveal complex spatial and temporal patterns that would be difficult to interpret through text alone, and allow local stakeholders to visualize areas of vulnerability within the context of places they know. Maps can also be influential in decisions to target resources to vulnerable populations to develop adaptation responses that promote resiliency.

URLs/Downloads:

Mapping the Vulnerability of Human Health to Extreme Heat in the United States   (PDF,78 pp, 8761 KB,  about PDF)

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (REPORT)
Product Published Date: 07/30/2018
Record Last Revised: 08/30/2018
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 341861

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

WASHINGTON DC

EXPOSURE ANALYSIS AND RISK CHARACTERIZATION GROUP