What is it about?

It is true that people in West Africa used to live in warm areas; however, they are not protected from the harmful effect of heat. Poor people are more likely to suffer from its consequences. This study assesses the social vulnerability of the urban population to the harmful effect of heat.

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Why is it important?

Our study showed that vulnerability to heat concerns more low standing areas. Urban people experience heat-related diseases.


I hope this article will raise awareness on how vulnerable urban dwellers are to heat and how urban green space can help to mitigate its harmful effect.

Armand Ketcha Malan Kablan
Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan

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This page is a summary of: Mapping urban residents’ vulnerability to heat in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Climate and Development, April 2018, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2018.1450213.
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