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1. Schoessow, Forrest Scott. Humans as Sensors: The Influence of Extreme Heat Vulnerability Factors on Risk Perceptions Across the Contiguous United States.

Degree: MS, Environment and Society, 2018, Utah State University

Extreme heat events are the deadliest natural hazard in the United States and will continue to get worse in the coming years due to the effects of climate change. As a result, more people will experience deadly heat conditions. This highlights the need for decision-makers to develop better strategies for preventing future losses. How badly individuals are affected by extreme heat depends on many circumstances, such as how high temperatures actually are, weather conditions, and location. For example, a dry 90 °F day in Phoenix is probably more tolerable than a humid 90 °F day in New Orleans for most individuals. However, some groups of people are more likely to be harmed by extreme heat than others, such as the elderly and those who work outdoors. This may seem straightforward, but uncovering less obvious clues that help explain how and why some groups are affected differently by extreme heat can be difficult, since much of the impact of extreme heat depends on people’s judgements of the risk and their personal decisions. These human factors are typically not very easy to measure because different hazards affect different people indifferent ways at different times in different places. This study uses a large survey of the U.S. population and statistical methods to explore how weather, time, space, and personal experience with heat affect different people’s judgment of risk. Whether different groups understand their high or low risk status has important implications for decision-makers responsible for crafting plans to reduce extreme heat risk in their local community. Advisors/Committee Members: Peter D. Howe, Claudia Radel, E. Helen Berry.

Subjects/Keywords: heat; risk; perceptions; spatial; distribution; Environmental Sciences; Geography; Nature and Society Relations

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APA (6th Edition):

Schoessow, F. S. (2018). Humans as Sensors: The Influence of Extreme Heat Vulnerability Factors on Risk Perceptions Across the Contiguous United States. (Masters Thesis). Utah State University. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/etd/7094

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Schoessow, Forrest Scott. “Humans as Sensors: The Influence of Extreme Heat Vulnerability Factors on Risk Perceptions Across the Contiguous United States.” 2018. Masters Thesis, Utah State University. Accessed February 22, 2019. https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/etd/7094.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Schoessow, Forrest Scott. “Humans as Sensors: The Influence of Extreme Heat Vulnerability Factors on Risk Perceptions Across the Contiguous United States.” 2018. Web. 22 Feb 2019.

Vancouver:

Schoessow FS. Humans as Sensors: The Influence of Extreme Heat Vulnerability Factors on Risk Perceptions Across the Contiguous United States. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. Utah State University; 2018. [cited 2019 Feb 22]. Available from: https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/etd/7094.

Council of Science Editors:

Schoessow FS. Humans as Sensors: The Influence of Extreme Heat Vulnerability Factors on Risk Perceptions Across the Contiguous United States. [Masters Thesis]. Utah State University; 2018. Available from: https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/etd/7094

2. Esplin, Emily D. The Heat Is On! Perspectives and Practices Regarding Extreme Heat Risk.

Degree: MS, Environment and Society, 2018, Utah State University

Remembering negative experiences with extreme heat may promote future protective actions and provide insight to improve heat risk awareness and communication practices. This two-part thesis found 1) that experiencing heat-related health symptoms predicted what Americans would do to protect themselves and others during subsequent heat waves; and 2) that Utah professionals regard heat-related experience as an important factor in how they responded to extreme heat events. In the first study, a US national survey showed that personal experience with heat-related health symptoms was related to the tendency to say that one engaged in different protective behaviors, while other factors like risk perception and temperature were less related to self-reported behaviors. Sociodemographic factors such as age, race, and gender were related to Americans’ reported efforts to check on other people during a heat wave—with African-Americans, women, and older adults being more likely to do so— but did not have much relationship with how people personally protect themselves. The second study found that heat experience was an important factor in how public officials and media broadcasters manage extreme heat situations. Interviews of professionals in Utah revealed that experience with heat impacts influenced public forecasters, practitioners, and media members alike in their heat risk decisions and messaging practices even though official heat risk communication products in Utah were somewhat unfamiliar. This study also found that public forecasters recently changed how they measure extreme heat to better communicate the dangers of dry heat in the Intermountain West. This change will likely cause more official heat alerts to be issued in this region. Advisors/Committee Members: Peter D. Howe, S.-Y. Simon Wang, Courtney Flint.

Subjects/Keywords: extreme heat; protective behaviors; risk communication; survey research; mental models; Geography

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APA (6th Edition):

Esplin, E. D. (2018). The Heat Is On! Perspectives and Practices Regarding Extreme Heat Risk. (Masters Thesis). Utah State University. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/etd/7397

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Esplin, Emily D. “The Heat Is On! Perspectives and Practices Regarding Extreme Heat Risk.” 2018. Masters Thesis, Utah State University. Accessed February 22, 2019. https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/etd/7397.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Esplin, Emily D. “The Heat Is On! Perspectives and Practices Regarding Extreme Heat Risk.” 2018. Web. 22 Feb 2019.

Vancouver:

Esplin ED. The Heat Is On! Perspectives and Practices Regarding Extreme Heat Risk. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. Utah State University; 2018. [cited 2019 Feb 22]. Available from: https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/etd/7397.

Council of Science Editors:

Esplin ED. The Heat Is On! Perspectives and Practices Regarding Extreme Heat Risk. [Masters Thesis]. Utah State University; 2018. Available from: https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/etd/7397

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