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Knowlton et al. 2007

Knowlton, K., B. Lynn, R.A. Goldberg, C. Rosenzweig, C. Hogrefe, J.K. Rosenthal, and P.L. Kinney, 2007: Projecting heat-related mortality impacts under a changing climate in the New York City region. Amer. J. Public Health, 97, 2028-2034, doi:10.2105/AJPH.2006.102947.

We sought to project future impacts of climate change on summer heat-related premature deaths in the New York City metropolitan region. Current and future climates were simulated over the northeastern United States with a global-to-regional climate modeling system. Summer heat-related premature deaths in the 1990s and 2050s were estimated by using a range of scenarios and approaches to modeling acclimatization (e.g., increased use of air conditioning, gradual physiological adaptation). Projected regional increases in heat-related premature mortality by the 2050s ranged from 47% to 95%, with a mean 70% increase compared with the 1990s. Acclimatization effects reduced regional increases in summer heat-related premature mortality by about 25%. Local impacts varied considerably across the region, with urban counties showing greater numbers of deaths and smaller percentage increases than less-urbanized counties. Although considerable uncertainty exists in climate forecasts and future health vulnerability, the range of projections we developed suggests that by midcentury, acclimatization may not completely mitigate the effects of climate change in the New York City metropolitan region, which would result in an overall net increase in heat-related premature mortality.

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@article{kn03100m,
  author={Knowlton, K. and Lynn, B. and Goldberg, R. A. and Rosenzweig, C. and Hogrefe, C. and Rosenthal, J. K. and Kinney, P. L.},
  title={Projecting heat-related mortality impacts under a changing climate in the New York City region},
  year={2007},
  journal={Amer. J. Public Health},
  volume={97},
  pages={2028--2034},
  doi={10.2105/AJPH.2006.102947},
}

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TY  - JOUR
ID  - kn03100m
AU  - Knowlton, K.
AU  - Lynn, B.
AU  - Goldberg, R. A.
AU  - Rosenzweig, C.
AU  - Hogrefe, C.
AU  - Rosenthal, J. K.
AU  - Kinney, P. L.
PY  - 2007
TI  - Projecting heat-related mortality impacts under a changing climate in the New York City region
JA  - Amer. J. Public Health
VL  - 97
SP  - 2028
EP  - 2034
DO  - 10.2105/AJPH.2006.102947
ER  -

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