Extreme Temperature Events and Mortality/Morbidity in China

  • Jun YangEmail author
  • Junliang Wu
  • Mengmeng Li
  • Boguang Wang


The ongoing climate change is likely to change the intensity, frequency, and duration of extreme weather events, which cause prominent health and economic burden worldwide. This chapter summarizes the impact of heat wave/cold spell on mortality and morbidity among Chinese population. Large amount of studies have demonstrated that heat waves and cold spells are significantly associated with elevated death risk in China. The association can be modified by individual characteristics, such as gender, age, socioeconomic status, underlying diseases and places of death. However, the number of studies on morbidity was much fewer, particularly for those from multicities. Health-oriented early warning system on extreme temperature event needs to be applied at both national and provincial scale to protect public health. Furthermore, the projection on the health impact of future heat wave and cold spell in the context of climate change is also warranted.


Heat wave Cold spell Mortality Morbidity China 



This study was supported by the Guangdong Nature Science Foundation (no. 2018A030310655), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (91544215, 41373116), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (no. 21618323).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jun Yang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Junliang Wu
    • 1
  • Mengmeng Li
    • 1
  • Boguang Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Environmental and Climate ResearchJinan UniversityGuangzhouChina

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