Jay S. Golden, Donna Hartz, Anthony Brazel, George Luber, Patrick Phelan

International Journal of Biometeorology

Published date July 1, 2008

A biometeorology study of climate and heat-related morbidity in Phoenix from 2001 to 2006

  • States that while an extensive literature on heat-related mortality exists, greater understanding of influences of heat-related morbidity is required due to climate change and rapid urbanization influences
  • Undertakes an analysis of 6 years (2001–2006) of heat-related dispatches through the Phoenix Fire Department regional dispatch center to examine temporal, climatic and other non-spatial influences contributing to high-heat-related medical dispatch events
  • The findings identified that there were no significant variations in day-of-week dispatch events
  • The greatest incidence of heat-related medical dispatches occurred between the times of peak solar irradiance and maximum diurnal temperature, and during times of elevated human comfort indices (combined temperature and relative humidity)