Masterclass: Economic valuation of heat-health impacts and interventions

There is a need to evaluate and quantify the cost and benefits of different heat interventions in order to inform decision making.

This masterclass reviews the current methods for assessing health-related costs from morbidity and mortality linked to extreme heat exposures and the health and economic benefits associated with common heat adaptation interventions, such as: housing interventions, air conditioning, heat early warning systems, community cooling centers, and municipal heat action plans. The advantages and limitations of these methods is addressed.


Lecture 1

Lecture 2

Learning Objectives

  • To understand how to assess healthcare costs associated with extreme heat exposures
  • To use case studies to explore opportunities and limitations association with different estimation approaches
  • To describe different types and sources of data, metrics, and tools for assessing and comparing costs and benefits of candidate heat-health adaptation interventions
  • To describe practical details of the challenges in assessing costs and benefits associated with each approach

Further Resources

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Shubhayu Saha, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr Shubhayu Saha is a Senior Fellow at the Climate and Health program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA. Shubhayu’s work ranges from (1) estimating the economic and epidemiologic impact of climate change on multiple health outcomes (chronic and infectious diseases, injury, health system vulnerability, access to healthcare), (2) developing data-driven tools to translate complex climate science for public health practice and policy, (3) designing climate adaptation frameworks to make health agencies be more resilient to climate change. He has built partnerships with national (NOAA, IITM in India) and international (WMO) meteorological institutions to produce climate services that inform decision-making in public health preparedness and response. He contributed to the development of the Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework that health departments in the United States and other countries are adapting to make public health systems more resilient to climate change.

Vijay Limaye, Natural Resources Defense Council

Vijay Limaye is an environmental health scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council. He is interested in addressing international environmental health challenges—quantifying, communicating, and mitigating the risks associated with climate change—with a focus on the public health burden of air pollution and extreme heat events. Prior to his role at NRDC, Dr. Limaye worked as a scientist at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regional offices in San Francisco and Chicago, focusing on Clean Air Act regulatory implementation, risk communication, citizen science, and air-quality monitoring policy. Dr. Limaye, who also speaks Spanish and Hindi, has conducted interdisciplinary research quantifying the health impacts of climate change-triggered air pollution and heat waves for populations in the U.S. and India. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in environmental epidemiology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


Roop Singh, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

Roop Singh is the Climate Risk Adviser at the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre and provides technical support to disaster managers and adaptation practitioners to access, interpret and use climate risk information for decision-making. Roop supports the Climate Centre’s urban portfolio with a focus on heat risk, and leads the Centre’s engagement on extreme event attribution. She has master’s degree in climate and society from Columbia University and a BSc in atmospheric science from Cornell University.