Protecting human health and safety during severe and extreme heat events: A national framework

Heatwaves kill more Australians than any other natural disasters. They have received far less public attention than cyclone, flood or bushfire – they are private, silent deaths which only hit the media when morgues reach capacity or infrastructure fails. There has never been a national study which uses a common definition of heatwaves and directly comparable mortality data. Australia has no national heatwave plan. This report remedies these deficiencies and recommends strategies for the national, state and local governments as well as for citizens.

Impacts and Adaptation Response of Infrastructure and Communities to Heatwaves: The South Australian Experience of 2009

This report captures the nature of the 2009 heatwave in South Australia. It provides a very useful overview of the meteorological characteristics that set up the heatwave event and introduces the subsequent ramifications on human health, energy, transport, water and telecommunication networks. The report also explores the responses by various organizations (e.g. police and ambulance) and gives an overview of the potential barriers facing adaptation. This reading is a must for those exploring the impacts that heat can have on the urban system.

Heat Islands Understanding and Mitigating Heat in Urban Areas

Book blurb reads: "Heat islands are urban and suburban areas that are significantly warmer than their surroundings. Traditional, highly absorptive construction materials and a lack of effective landscaping are their main causes. Heat island problems, in terms of increased energy consumption, reduced air quality and effects on human health and mortality, are becoming more pressing as cities continue to grow and sprawl. This comprehensive book brings together the latest information about heat islands and their mitigation.

Hands-On Energy Adaptation Toolkit (HEAT)

"HEAT Toolkit is designed to lead you through as assessment of climate vulnerabilities and adaptation options in the energy sector of your country. HEAT can help you raise awareness among key stakeholders and initiate dialogue on energy sector adaptation.HEAT uses a bottom-up, stakeholder-based, qualitative/semi-quantitative risk-assessment approach to discuss and identify risks, adaptation measures, and their costs and benefits. It draws on experience and published guidance from the United Kingdom and Australia, as well as existing research and literature."

Climate Risks and Adaptation in Asian Coastal Megacities: A Synthesis Report

This report explores the climate change risks of Manila, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok. It shows that the three cities face considerable challenges with economic impacts from climate change ranging from 2% to 6% of regional GDP. It identifies extreme rainfall (with subsequent flooding and landslips) to be a serious threat.

Strategies to curb urban heat island

Web article which highlights recommendations from Professor Harvey Bryan on how cities can prepare for extreme temperatures. Advice includes street canopies, appropriate colours and additives for pavements.