The Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities created a map of Melbourne suburbs most vulnerable by heat waves. The map identifies areas based on risk factors including housing types, age, health and socio-economic status of the population. The research finds a clear association between suburbs with extreme heat vulnerability and the number of hospital emergency visits or ambulance callouts on extremely hot days. Extreme heat events or heatwaves pose a risk to the health of individuals and a surge in the demand for emergency services.
The map can be used by emergency management sector, government agencies, non-government organizations and communities in order to prevent, prepare, respond and recover to climate change and the surge of heat waves.
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