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

Jonathon H. Stillman
Created: 3/17/2021 -

Abstract

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.

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Keywords

Adaptation Phase
Assessment
Scale
Other
Sector Addressed
Culture/communities
Public Health
Wildlife
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Capacity Building
Conduct / Gather additional research, data, and products
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Air temperature
Sociopolitical Setting
Urban
Rural