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Laurence Kalkstein

Research Professor, and Director
Synoptic Climatology Laboratory
University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

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Research Professor Kalkstein (Ph.D.) is a bioclimatologist who specializes in the impact of weather on human health. He has been conducting research in the area of applied climatology for over 35 years, and is the principal investigator on a number of contracted research projects dealing with the development and implementation of heat/health warning systems for major cities worldwide. Recently, Dr. Kalkstein signed a five-year agreement with the Korean government to develop and implement heat warning systems for every major city in that country and to determine the potential impacts of climate change on human health in these cities. Dr. Kalkstein has also recently collaborated with the Union of Concerned Scientists to detect large-scale climate change in a number of U.S. cities. Dr. Kalkstein and his colleagues at the Synoptic Climatology Laboratory have worked on research with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and various NGOs to develop cool initiatives to lower urban structural temperatures with the hope of saving the lives of people vulnerable to heat stress. He has served as lead author on IPCC Working Group II chapters relating to climate change and human health and is presently a member of the World Meteorological Organization’s expert team on extreme weather and human health.