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Increasing probability of mortality during Indian heat waves

Overview of attention for article published in Science Advances, June 2017
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#49 of 1,532)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (96th percentile)

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11 blogs
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117 tweeters
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5 Facebook pages
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7 Google+ users
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Title
Increasing probability of mortality during Indian heat waves
Published in
Science Advances, June 2017
DOI 10.1126/sciadv.1700066
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Authors

Omid Mazdiyasni, Amir AghaKouchak, Steven J. Davis, Shahrbanou Madadgar, Ali Mehran, Elisa Ragno, Mojtaba Sadegh, Ashmita Sengupta, Subimal Ghosh, C. T. Dhanya, Mohsen Niknejad

Abstract

Rising global temperatures are causing increases in the frequency and severity of extreme climatic events, such as floods, droughts, and heat waves. We analyze changes in summer temperatures, the frequency, severity, and duration of heat waves, and heat-related mortality in India between 1960 and 2009 using data from the India Meteorological Department. Mean temperatures across India have risen by more than 0.5°C over this period, with statistically significant increases in heat waves. Using a novel probabilistic model, we further show that the increase in summer mean temperatures in India over this period corresponds to a 146% increase in the probability of heat-related mortality events of more than 100 people. In turn, our results suggest that future climate warming will lead to substantial increases in heat-related mortality, particularly in developing low-latitude countries, such as India, where heat waves will become more frequent and populations are especially vulnerable to these extreme temperatures. Our findings indicate that even moderate increases in mean temperatures may cause great increases in heat-related mortality and support the efforts of governments and international organizations to build up the resilience of these vulnerable regions to more severe heat waves.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
India 1 2%
Chile 1 2%
United States 1 2%
Belgium 1 2%
Unknown 52 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 19 34%
Researcher 10 18%
Student > Master 7 13%
Other 4 7%
Unspecified 4 7%
Other 12 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 17 30%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 12 21%
Engineering 11 20%
Unspecified 5 9%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 3 5%
Other 8 14%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 659. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 17 January 2018.
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#5,373
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#49
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Outputs of similar age
#414
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Outputs of similar age from Science Advances
#8
of 222 outputs
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