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Laurence S. Kalkstein, PhD

General Information

Laurence S. Kalkstein, PhD


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  • English


  • Voluntary Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences


Research Interests

• Bioclimatology
• Climate/human health relationships
• Climate/pollution relationships
• Extreme weather warning system development
• Community intervention/stakeholder education
• Synoptic climatology


1974 Ph.D.
Louisiana State University
1972 M.A.
Louisiana State University
1969 B.A.
Rutgers University



Laurence S. Kalkstein is a Professor within the Voluntary Faculty in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.  Dr. Kalkstein's career has been dedicated to evaluating the impact of climate and climate variation on a variety of environmental parameters, including human health, air quality, insect migration, and various climate change impact issues.  He was honored as a contributor to the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with other lead authors of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) working groups; Dr. Kalkstein's group dealt with the impacts of climate change on human health and well-being.  He heads the University's Synoptic Climatology Laboratory, which is dedicated to evaluating the impact of weather situations (rather than individual weather elements) upon various environmental features, and his work has been funded by a variety of federal government agencies, as well as NGOs, utility companies, and public health agencies.  He and his research group are responsible for developing heat-health warning systems, used by the National Weather Service and international weather agencies to call advisories and warnings for over 60 cities worldwide.  Recently, Dr. Kalkstein was chosen as the American Team Leader on a U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation contract (CRDF), and he is collaborating with the Russian Team Leader to develop a detailed climatology of eastern Russia, along with the health impacts of this extreme climate.  His most recent work deals with cool cities initiatives, to determine how increasing the solar reflectivity of roofs and asphalt, as well as increasing urban vegetation, might cool cities enough to save lives from the negative health outcomes of heat.   Dr. Kalkstein has been editor of two climatological journals, past president of the International Society of Biometeorology, which is the largest professional organization of biometeorologists in the world, and has served as major professor for 10 Ph.D. students who are now successful academics on their own!