NOAA and ESRI Team Up to Create New Tools for Heat Health Understanding, Planning, and Analysis for the GEO Plenary 10/23/2017 - 10/27/2017

NOAA and ESRI Team Up to Create New Tools for Heat Health Understanding, Planning, and Analysis for the GEO Plenary

A new set of visualizations and analytical tools to understand, prepare for, and respond to extreme heat and its human health impacts (including economic impacts), has been prepared as an ESRI Story Map, developed in cooperation with NOAA and the NIHHIS Interagency Working Group. The story map includes a number of powerful tools which can also be used as stand-alone analytical web apps. The collaboration will continue, and the tools will be refined over time. The story map will be unveiled officially at the upcoming GEO Plenary in Washington DC, the week of 23 October 2017, and we encourage any and all with interest in climate and health to attend the open sessions and side meetings on Monday and Tuesday of that week - particularly the GEO Health Community of Practice on Tuesday afternoon. For more information on the GEO plenary, visit: http://www.earthobservations.org/geo14.php

NOAA's Chief Scientist, Dr. Rick Spinrad, addresses COP21 participants regarding NOAA's Integrated Information Systems 10 July 2017

NOAA's Chief Scientist, Dr. Rick Spinrad, addresses COP21 participants regarding NOAA's Integrated Information Systems

Dr. Rick Spinrad, NOAA's Chief Scientist, addressed participants of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP) 21 and international viewers in a video presented at the US Center. The session, Healthy People, Healthy Planet: US Programs and Partnerships for Health Resilience was hosted by the Department of State and involved EPA and HHS. In his address, Dr. Spinrad underscored the importance of robust, sustained integrated information systems (IISes) for providing environmental information that spans the weather-climate continuum and supports resilience to climate and health challenges faced in the 21st century and beyond. These IISes not only provide "the right information at the right scales, far enough in advance, along with the right tools" for decision-makers, but also serve as "gateways for improving our research, observations, and prediction capabilities". Dr. Spinradhighlighted the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS), which is being developed to integrate NOAA's advancements in observing, understanding, and modeling the Earth system with societal needs for resilience to extreme heat - not only with US partners such as the CDC, but also with international partners including India and Germany. Additionally, Dr Spinrad called out the pilot Cholera Integrated Information System in Bangladesh, which NOAA is developing cooperatively with the World Health Organization (WHO) to support development goals.

National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) Web Launch: May 23, 2016 10 July 2017

National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) Web Launch: May 23, 2016

The National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) - a NOAA-CDC collaboration that facilitates an integrated approach to extreme heat risk reduction by providing a suite of decision support services to prevent heat related illness and death - is launching its web presence on Monday, May 23, 2016. The NIHHIS portal will serve as the nexus for heat-health information from NOAA, CDC, FEMA, DOD, OSHA, SAMHSA, ASPR, NIH, EPA, and others, and will point decision makers to case studies, tools, trainings, reports, and other resources that inform decisions and reduce heat-related risk.

NIHHIS Partners host heat-health workshop in Hermosillo, Mexico 19 May 2017

NIHHIS Partners host heat-health workshop in Hermosillo, Mexico

The Climate Program Office's Juli Trtanj will deliver an update on the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS)’s national and trans-boundary activities.  

First Regional NIHHIS Rio Grande/Bravo Workshop in El Paso, TX 18 July 2016

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

Understanding the heat-health needs and unique adaptive approaches of the Rio Grande/Bravo region.

On Wednesday, July 13th, the National Integrated Heat Health Information System held its first regional workshop in El Paso (during an active heat wave and under threat of rolling blackouts) to understand the heat-health needs and unique adaptive approaches of the Rio Grande/Bravo region.

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