Dr. Adam Kalkstein

Associate Professor
Chair of Regional Dynamics, CLCRS


Dr. Adam Kalkstein is a climate scientist with research interests focusing on climate change and human health. Dr. Kalkstein received his B.A. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Geography/Climatology from Arizona State University. Current research projects include a collaboartive effort with the Weizmann Institute of Science and Ben Gurion University examining the role of dust on human health in Israel, the negative impact of heat on U.S. Soldiers, the effect of high temperatures on suicide rates across the United States and South Korea, and heat/health impacts in Los Angeles. Recently, Dr. Kalkstein was selected by the World Meteorological Organization to serve as a co-lead for a Commission for Climatology expert team. Further, Dr. Kalkstein served as subject matter expert for an Army Science Board climate change study and acted as an official U.S. government reviewer for the IPCC 5th Assessment Report, Working Group II. Dr. Kalkstein teaches Climatology and Physical Geography.

Publications & Presentations

"Kalkstein, A.J., Belorid, M., Dixon, P.G., Kim, K.R., Bremer, K.A. 2019. Seasonal Variations in Temperature-Suicide Associations Across South Korea. Weather, Climate, and Society. UNDER REVIEW.

Kalkstein, A.J. 2019. Defining Climate Change: What to Expect in a Warmer World. Chapter in: The Environment-Conflict Nexus, Climate Change and the Emergent National Security Landscape. Ed. Francis Galgano. Springer International Publishing. pp. 47-57.

Kalkstein, A.J., Kalkstein, L.S., Vanos, J.K, Eisenman, D.P, Dixon, P.G. 2018. Heat/mortality Sensitivities in Los Angeles During Winter: A Unique Phenomenon in the United States. Environmental Health. 17: 45.

Dixon, P.G. and Kalkstein, A.J. 2016. Where are weather-suicide associations valid? An examination of nine U.S. counties with varying seasonality. International Journal of Biometeorology. doi 10.1007/s00484-016-1265-1.

Kalkstein, A.J. and MacPherson, D.A. 2015. Changing pressure-wind relationships for tropical cyclones in the North Atlantic and Northeastern Pacific. International Journal of Climatology. 11: 3892-3896.

Kalkstein, A.J. and DeFelice, T.P. 2014. Predicting the flu: The impact of cool dry air on hospital admissions in the southwest United States. 2014 AMHCR Conference Proceedings. 115-116.

Kalkstein, A.J. 2013. Regional similarities in seasonal mortality across the United States: an examination of 28 metropolitan statistical areas. PLOS ONE. 8(5): e63971.

Kalkstein, A.J. and Goodrich, G.B. 2012. The effect of ENSO and PDO on three airborne pollutants in Phoenix, AZ. Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science. 43: 91-98.

Sheridan, S.C., Kalkstein, L.S., Kalkstein, A.J, Greene, J.S. 2011. Heat-related mortality and heat watch-warning systems in the United States: recent developments. Epidemiology. 22: S13.

Dixon, P.G. and Kalkstein, A.J. 2010. Teaching and Learning Guide for: Climate-

suicide relationships: A research problem in need of geographic methods and cross-disciplinary perspectives. Geography Compass. 4: 485-489.

Sheridan, S.C. and Kalkstein, A.J. 2010. Seasonal variability in heat-related mortality across the United States. Natural Hazards. 55: 291-305.

Tan, J., Zheng, Y., Tang, X., Guo, C., Li, L., Song, G., Zhen, X., Yuan, D.,

Kalkstein, A.J., Li, F., Chen, H. 2010. The urban heat island and its impact on heat waves and human health in Shanghai. International Journal of Biometeorology. 54: 75-84.

Dixon, P.G. and Kalkstein, A.J. 2009. Climate-suicide relationships: A research problem in need of geographic methods and cross-disciplinary perspectives. Geography Compass. 3: 1961-74.

Kalkstein, A.J., Kuby, M., Gerrity, D., Clancy, J.J. 2009. An analysis of air mass effects on rail ridership in three U.S. cities. Journal of Transport Geography. 17: 198-207.

Kalkstein, L.S., Sheridan, S.C., Kalkstein, A.J. 2009. Heat Health Warning Systems: Development, Implementation, and Intervention Activities. Biometeorology for Adaptation to Climate Variability and Change. 1: 33-48.

Sheridan, S.C., Kalkstein, A.J., Kalkstein, L.S. 2009. Trends in heat-related mortality
in the United States, 1975-2004. Natural Hazards. 50: 145-160.

Dixon, P.G. and Kalkstein, A.J. 2008. Do global temperatures really affect Italian suicides? – comments on “Global warming possibly linked to an enhanced risk of suicide: Data from Italy, 1974-2003”. Journal of Affective Disorders; Online Comments. [Available online at http://www.isad.org.uk/JADcomments.asp].

Kalkstein, A.J. and Sheridan, S.C. 2007. The social impacts of the Heat-Health Watch/Warning System in Phoenix, Arizona: assessing the perceived risk and response of the public. International Journal of Biometeorology. 52: 43-55.

Kalkstein, L.S., Kalkstein, A.J., Sheridan, S.C. 2006. Weather/morbidity relationships in two northeastern cities, and the potential impact of a climate change. Union of Concerned Scientists, commissioned report relating climate change to human health, Boston, MA. 23 pp.

Tan, J., Youfei, Z., Guixiang, S., Kalkstein, L.S., Kalkstein, A.J. 2006. Heat wave impacts on mortality in Shanghai, 1998 and 2003. International Journal of Biometeorology. 51: 193-200.

Dixon, P.G., Brommer, D.M., Hedquist, B.C., Kalkstein, A.J., Goodrich, G.B, Walter,

J.C., Dickerson, C.C., Penny, S.J., Cerveny, R.S. 2005. Heat mortality versus cold mortality: a study of conflicting databases. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 86: 937-943.

Kalkstein, A.J. and Balling, R.C. 2004. Impact of unusually clear weather on United

States daily temperature range following 9/11/2001. Climate Research. 26: 1-4."