Over the next century, climate change and population growth will subject more people to dangerous heat and cold
Denver is known for its relatively mild climate and its four distinct seasons. It’s also known for its temperature fluctuations over the course of a day or even hours. But what does that mean for the city’s residents — and for that matter, the rest of the inhabitants of the continental United States when it comes to temperature extremes?
That’s what Ashley Broadbent wanted to know. Specifically, he wanted to know how populations throughout the United States will experience heat and cold during the 21st century.
So, Broadbent, an assistant research professor in Arizona State University’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, used state-of-the-art modeling tools to analyze how three key variables would affect human exposure to extreme temperatures from the beginning of this century to its end.
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