Extreme Weather Events and Public Health Responses

  • Wilhelm Kirch
  • Roberto Bertollini
  • Bettina Menne

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XLV
  2. Climate Variability and Extremes in Europe

    1. Antonio Navarra
      Pages 3-12
    2. Glenn R. McGregor, Christopher A. T. Ferro, David B. Stephenson
      Pages 13-23
    3. Jean-Claude Cohen, Jean-Michel Veysseire, Pierre Bessemoulin
      Pages 33-45
  3. Temperature Extremes and Health Impact

    1. Stéphanie Vandentorren, Pascal Empereur-Bissonnet
      Pages 81-87
    2. Rui Manuel D. Calado, Jaime da Silveira Botelho, Judite Catarino, Mário Carreira
      Pages 89-97
    3. A. Páldy, J. Bobvos, A. Vámos, R. S. Kovats, S. Hajat
      Pages 99-107
    4. Susanna Conti, Paola Meli, Giada Minelli, Renata Solimini, Virgilia Toccaceli, Monica Vichi et al.
      Pages 109-120
    5. P. Michelozzi, F. de ’Donato, L. Bisanti, A. Russo, E. Cadum, M. DeMaria et al.
      Pages 121-127
  4. Response to Temperature Extremes

  5. Flooding: The Impacts on Human Health

    1. S. Hajat, K. L. Ebi, R. S. Kovats, B. Menne, S. Edwards, A. Haines
      Pages 185-196
    2. Z. W. Kundzewicz, W. J. Kundzewicz
      Pages 197-206
    3. Edmund Penning-Rowsell, Sue Tapsell, Theresa Wilson
      Pages 207-223
  6. National Case-Studies on Health Care System Responses to Extreme Weather Events

  7. Recommendations

  8. Annex

  9. Back Matter
    Pages 287-303

About this book


In February 2004, the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the European Environment Agency organized an expert meeting to exchange information and develop recommendations on public health and environmental responses to weather and climate extremes, floods, heat-waves and cold spells. The meeting was kindly hosted by the Ministry of Health of Slovakia. The meeting recommendations were adopted at the Fourth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, Budapest, Hungary, 2004.

This book reflects a collection of case studies and experiences of experts, ministries and international organizations. It gives an overview of various topics, such 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


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Editors and affiliations

  • Wilhelm Kirch
    • 1
    • 2
  • Roberto Bertollini
    • 3
  • Bettina Menne
    • 4
  1. 1.European Public Health Association (EUPHA)Germany
  2. 2.Public Health Research Association Saxony, Medical FacultyTechnical University DresdenDresdenGermany
  3. 3.Special Programme on Health and Environment, WHO Regional Office for EuropeWHO European Centre for Environment and HealthRomeItaly
  4. 4.Global Change and Health, WHO Regional Office for EuropeWHO European Centre for Environment and HealthRomeItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information World Health Organization 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-24417-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-28862-6
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