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Extreme Weather Events and Public Health Responses

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  • Cooperation between WHO, European Commission, European Environment Agency and European Public Health Association
  • 27 experts from many European countries
  • Country case studies and presentations
  • Very topical themes following floods in 2002 and heat waves 2003
  • Practical conclusions for implementing future safeguards against natural disasters

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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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Table of contents (28 chapters)

  1. Climate Variability and Extremes in Europe

  2. Temperature Extremes and Health Impact

  3. Flooding: The Impacts on Human Health


From the reviews:

"Extreme weather events and public health responses documents prominent incidents discussed at an international meeting that took place in Bratislava on 9-10 February 2004 … . Experts from 25 countries outlined their experiences and resources in the field of extreme weather events and climate change. The book comprises a compilation of case studies from different countries. … it is a stimulating catalogue of information that can be recommended as a valuable resource for anyone contemplating carrying out much needed research in this field." (Manfred Wildner, Journal of Public Health, Vol. 14, 2006)

Editors and Affiliations

  • European Public Health Association (EUPHA), Germany

    Wilhelm Kirch

  • Public Health Research Association Saxony, Medical Faculty, Technical University Dresden, Dresden, Germany

    Wilhelm Kirch

  • Special Programme on Health and Environment, WHO Regional Office for Europe, WHO European Centre for Environment and Health, Rome, Italy

    Roberto Bertollini

  • Global Change and Health, WHO Regional Office for Europe, WHO European Centre for Environment and Health, Rome, Italy

    Bettina Menne

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Extreme Weather Events and Public Health Responses

  • Editors: Wilhelm Kirch, Roberto Bertollini, Bettina Menne

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Berlin, Heidelberg

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2005

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-540-24417-2Published: 02 August 2005

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-642-06372-5Published: 14 October 2010

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-540-28862-6Published: 16 January 2006

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XLVI, 306

  • Topics: Medicine/Public Health, general, Meteorology

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