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Report: First Regional NIHHIS Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Workshop in El Paso, TX

  • 28 February 2017
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Report: First Regional NIHHIS Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Workshop in El Paso, TX

On July 13, 2016 the National Integrated Heat Health Information System hosted a workshop in El Paso, Texas titled, "Developing an Integrated Heat Health Information System for Long-Term Resilience to Climate and Weather Extremes in the El Paso-Juárez-Las Cruces Region."

Sponsored in collaboration by universities and local and federal agencies, the workshop brought together individuals in government, practitioner, and academic communities from Mexico and the United States to discuss the intersection of the region’s climate and weather with factors affecting public health risks related to extreme heat. This executive summary outlines workshop goals, key challenges, and recommendations for the following aspects of improving heat health resilience in the region:

  1. Historical Climatology and Variability
  2. Linkages Between Heat Parameters and Health Outcomes
  3. Prediction, Outlooks, Early Warning
  4. Communication and Engagement
  5. Capacity Building and Training.

Access the full report:  https://docs.lib.noaa.gov/noaa_documents/NOAA_related_docs/NIHHIS_RGB_July2016_Workshop_Report_pub-Jan2017.pdf

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