Heat Waves, the New Normal: Summertime Temperature Extremes Will Impact Animals, Ecosystems, and Human Communities

Jonathon H. Stillman
Posted on: 3/17/2021 - Updated on: 4/11/2023

Posted by

Kathryn Braddock



A consequence of climate change is the increased frequency and severity of extreme heat waves. This is occurring now as most of the warmest summers and most intense heat waves ever recorded have been during the past decade. In this review, I describe the ways in which animals and human populations are likely to respond to increased extreme heat, suggest how to study those responses, and reflect on the importance of those studies for countering the devastating impacts of climate change.


Document Type
Adaptation Phase
Sociopolitical Setting
Target Climate Changes and Impacts