Overview Technical Documents

Heatwaves and Health: Guidance on Warning-System Development 

This Guidance has been developed jointly by WMO and WHO to outline for practitioners in both NMHSs and National Health Services (NHSs) the issues surrounding the general heat–health problem and present how an understanding of the biometeorology, epidemiology, public-health and risk-communication aspects of heat as a hazard can be used to inform the development of an HHWS as part of a wider HHAP. 

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Climate Services for Health Fundamentals and Case Studies for improving public health decision-making in a new climate 

Climate services for health are an emerging technical field for both the health and climate communities.  The Climate Services for Health Case Study Project showcases 40 examples that can help readers better understand:

  • How climate information can help health decision-making
  • What climate products and services for health are
  • The types of information products which are commonly developed
  • Six fundamental components that should be addressed during the co-development climate services
  • Ways to trouble shoot common problems encountered

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Atlas of health and climate

The Atlas of Health and Climate is a product of this unique collaboration between the meteorological and public health communities. It provides sound scientific information on the connections between weather and climate and major health challenges. These range from diseases of poverty to emergencies arising from extreme weather events and disease outbreaks. They also include environmental degradation, the increasing prevalence of noncommunicable diseases and the universal trend of demographic ageing.

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