Assessing a population's exposure to heat and humidity: an empirical approach
2010 (English)In: Global health action, ISSN 1654-9880, Vol. 3, Article nr 5421- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: It is widely accepted that assessing the impact of heat on populations is an important aspect of climate change research. However, this raises questions about how best to measure people’s exposure to heat under everyday living conditions in more detail than is possible by relying on nearby sources of meteorological data. Objective: This study aimed to investigate practical and viable approaches to measuring air temperature and humidity within a population, making comparisons with contemporaneous external data sources. This was done in a rural South African population during the subtropical summer season. Results: Air temperature and humidity were measured indoors and outdoors at three locations over 10 days and the datalogger technology proved reliable and easy to use. There was little variation in measurements over distances of 10 km. Conclusions: Small battery-powered automatic dataloggers proved to be a feasible option for collecting weather data among a rural South African population. These data were consistent with external sources but offered more local detail. Detailed local contemporary data may also allow post hoc modelling of previously unmeasured local weather data in conjunction with global gridded climate models.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
CoAction Publishing, 2010. Vol. 3, Article nr 5421- p.
climate, weather, population measurement, temperature, humidity, heat stress
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-38442DOI: 10.3402/gha.v3i0.5421ISI: 000208160600005PubMedID: 20859462OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-38442DiVA: diva2:378048