Credentials: Research Scientist at the New York State Department of Health
Website: HAQAST Ambassador
We have applied NLDAS and NASA MODIS data to develop extreme heat metrices in New York State. These data provide spatially contiguous estimates of ambient exposures that affect human health and have been used to inform epidemiologic research that estimated excess risk temperatures for select heat-related health outcomes in New York State. The findings provided evidence that served as the basis of a heat-advisory change in the region by the National Weather Service. NLDAS data have also been used to develop various data dissemination tools including county heat and health profile reports, story maps and dashboards to highlight local and region-specific climate metrices in New York State; and to inform climate mitigation and adaptation strategies. We are currently part of a HAQAST project that will use air quality ensemble products developed using satellite data to look at health effects of combined effects of air quality and extreme heat in the context of climate policy initiatives in the state.