Johns Hopkins Expert Available to Discuss Heat Wave in U.S. West

As triple-digit temperatures scorch millions in California and the Desert West, stoking wildfires and exacerbating drought conditions, Johns Hopkins experts can discuss the environmental and health impacts of the heat wave, and how officials can better prepare for the rest of the summer.

Available experts include:

Ben Zaitchik is a Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. He studies the impacts of extreme weather and opportunities to enhance resilience to these extremes. This includes work on the atmospheric processes behind heat waves and the urban heat island, and on the health impacts of these phenomena.

Zaitchik is the current President of the AGU GeoHealth Section and leads the GeoHealth Community of Practice Work Group on Extreme Heat.

To reach an expert, please contact Kait Howard, [email protected].  


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