Figure : increase-total-heat-wave-days

Increase in total heat wave days

Figure 2.8

Environmental Visualization Lab, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Richard Pasch, Dan Pisut, Mary Jo Nath, Ngar-Cheung Lau

This figure appears in chapter 2 of the Our Changing Planet: The U.S. Global Change Research Program for Fiscal Year 2016 report.

https://www.climate.gov/news-features/understanding-climate/rising-greenhouse-gases-us-heat-waves-become-more-common-longer

This map shows the number of total heat wave days per summer projected for the mid-21st century, as a factor of increase relative to the end of the 20th century (assuming a scenario of rapid economic growth driven by a balanced portfolio of energy sources). As the occurrence of extremely hot days increases with rising greenhouse gases, meteorologists and public health practitioners have an opportunity to work together to protect communities from heat-related hazards. (Source: NOAA Climate.gov)

When citing this figure, please reference NOAA Climate.gov map by Dan Pisut and Richard Rivera, based on data provided by Mary Jo Nath and Gabriel Lau. Retrieved March 2015.

Free to use with credit to the original figure source.

The spatial range for this figure is 24.545219° to 49.371742° latitude, and -124.762146° to -66.957802° longitude.


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