Extreme weather events and public health responses

Edited by Wilhelm Kirch, Bettina Menne and Roberto Bertollini
Published by Springer-Verlag
2005, 303 pages
ISBN 3 540 24417 4

Recent catastrophic heat waves and floods raise the question: are extreme weather events becoming more frequent? And if so, what should be done about them? This book presents a collection of case studies and experiences of experts, ministries and international organizations, on such topics as:

  • Will climate change alter climate variability?
  • The 2003 European heat-wave
  • The health impacts of temperature extremes
  • Public health responses to temperature extremes
  • The health impacts of floods
  • Case studies on health system responses to extreme events

It also makes recommendations on public health and environmental responses to weather and climate extremes.