Synthesis Summary 1: Heat and heatwaves

Author: NCCARF
Year: 2016

This summary addresses adaptation to more frequent and intense episodes of extreme heat. Heatwaves are Australias deadliest climate events, but this is not always reflected in media and community responses. Projections show we can expect more frequent and hotter extreme hot days and nights and, as a result, we might expect more heat-related deaths in the future. Topics include the nature and impacts of heatwaves, a synthesis of research findings around the impacts and adaptation response to extreme heat and heatwaves, and how this new research knowledge might help address key adaptation policy challenges.

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