Dr Clare Heaviside


Research Groups


Dr Clare Heaviside

NERC Independent Research Fellow


Clare Heaviside is a senior research fellow in the ECI, with research interests covering climate change impacts - particularly on health, urban climate and the urban heat island, air pollution and heatwaves. Her research is often multi-disciplinary in nature, with application to the physical and environmental sciences as well as public health and policy.

She has published on a wide range of topics, from tropical meteorology and ocean and atmosphere heat transport, to the health impacts of the urban heat island effect, heatwaves and air pollution. Her work has been published in journals such as Nature Climate Change, Environment International, the Lancet Planetary Health, the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, and Environmental Health Perspectives. She has contributed to publications such as the 2012 IPCC Special Report on Extreme Events, and the national Climate Change Risk Assessments for the UK.

After an Engineering degree, Clare studied for an MSc in Applied Meteorology at Reading University, followed by a PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Physics at Imperial College, London. Aside from academia, she has over a decade of work experience in the private and public sectors, most recently at the Health Protection Agency and Public Health England (Government Agencies) on climate and air pollution research. Before coming to Oxford, Clare was head of Climate Change at Public Health England, coordinating climate change research across the agency, advising the government on the health effects of climate change and providing scientific evidence to feed into national policy.

Current research

Clare’s current research looks at the impacts of climate and environmental change, particularly in terms of health and in cities. She is interested in the additional heat burden of the urban heat island, whereby cities are a few degrees warmer than the countryside – since urban effects are often not well represented in global climate simulations – and the potential impact of urban interventions. She also links environmental and demographic factors to carry out exposure and health impact assessments for temperatures and air pollutants such as ozone, particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide. Recently, she has worked on international studies of projections of temperature related mortality under climate change scenarios, as well as extreme event attribution studies in terms of heatwave mortality.


Clare lectures on Masters of Public Health courses at the University of Birmingham and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on Climate Change and Health.

Graduate research students

  • Dr Katherine Arbuthnott, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London.
    Temperature effects on health, and implications for climate change assessments and adaptation
  • Dr Sara Fenech (graduated in 2018) University of Edinburgh.
    Multiple air pollutants and their health impacts for both present day and future scenarios
  • Dr Richard Bassett (graduated in 2017) University of Birmingham.
    Quantifying the influence of wind advection on the urban heat island


Clare's publications are also available from her Google Scholar page.


Bassett R, Cai X-M, Chapman L, Heaviside C, Thornes J. (2018) Semi-idealised urban heat advection simulations using the WRF mesoscale model. International Journal of Climatology doi: 10.1002/joc.5885

Nichols G, Lake I, Heaviside C. (2018) Climate Change and Water-Related Infectious Diseases. Atmosphere 2018, 9(385).

Arbuthnott K.A, Hajat S., Heaviside C., Vardoulakis S. (2018) What is cold-related mortality? A multi-disciplinary perspective to inform climate change assessments. Environment International. 121, 119-129

Vicedo-Cabrera AM, Guo Y, Sera F, Huber V, Schleussner C-F, Mitchell D, Tong S, Zanotti Staglioro Coelho M, Saldiva PHN, Lavigne E, Matus Correa P, Valdez Ortega N, Kan H, Osorio S, Kysely J, Urban A, Jaakkola JJK, Ryti NRI, Pascal M, Goodman PG, Zeka A, Michelozzi P, Scortichini M, Hashizume M, Honda Y, Hurtado M, Cruz De La Cruz JC, Seposo X, Kim H, Tobias A, Iniguez C, Forsberg B, Astrom DO, Ragettli MS, Roosli M, Guo YL, Wu C, Zanobetti A, Schwartz J, Bell ML, Ngoc Dang T, Do Van S, Heaviside C, Vardoulakis S, Hajat S, Haines A, Armstrong B, Ebi KL, Gasparrini A (2018) Temperature-mortality impacts under and beyond Paris Agreement climate change scenarios. Climatic Change (2018) 150: 391. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-018-2274-3

Mitchell D, Heaviside C, Schaller N, Allen M, Ebi K, Fischer E, Gasparrini A, Harrington L, Kharin S, Shiogama H, Sillmann J, Sippel S, and Vardoulakis S (2018) Extreme heat-related mortality avoided under Paris Agreement goals, Nature Climate Change 8, 551–553 (2018) Fleming LE, Leonardi G, White M, Medlock J, Alcock I, Macintyre HL, Maguire K, Nichols G, Wheeler BW, Morris G, Taylor T, Hemming D, Lo Iacono G, Gillingham EL, Hansford KM, Heaviside C, Bone A, Duarte-Davidson R (2018) Beyond Climate Change and Health: Integrating Broader Environmental Change and Natural Environments for Public Health Protection and Promotion in the UK. Atmosphere 2018, 9(7), 245

Taylor J, Symonds P, Wilkinson P, Heaviside C, Macintyre HL, Davies M, Mavrogianni A, Hutchinson E (2018) Estimating the influence of housing energy efficiency and overheating adaptations on heat-related mortality in the West Midlands, UK. Atmosphere 2018, 9(5), 190

Fenech S, Doherty R, Heaviside C, Macintyre H, O'Connor F, Vardoulakis S. (2018) The influence of model spatial resolution on simulated ozone and fine particulate matter: implications for health impact assessments. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 18, 5765-5784, 2018.

Macintyre H, Heaviside C, Taylor J, Picetti R, Symonds P, Cai, X, Vardoulakis S. (2018) Assessing urban population vulnerability and environmental risks across an urban area during heatwaves - implications for health protection. Published online, Science of the Total Environment. 610-611:678-690. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.08.062

Taylor J, Wilkinson P, Picetti R, Symonds P, Heaviside C, Macintyre HL, Mavrogianni A, Hutchinson E, Davies M (2018) Comparison of built environment adaptations to heat exposure and mortality during hot weather, West Midlands region, UK. Environment International 111, 287-294


Gasparrini An Guo Y, Sera F, Vicedo-Cabrera AM, Huber V, Tong S, de Sousa Zanotti M, Coelho S, Hilario Nascimento Saldiva P, Lavigne E, Matus Correa P, Valdes Ortega N, Kan H, Osorio S, Kysely J, Urban A, Jaakkola JJK, Ryti Niilo RI, Pascal M, Goodman PG, Zeka A, Michelozzi P, Scortichini M, Hashizume M, Honda Y, Hurtado-Diaz M, Cesar Cruz J, Seposo X, Kim H, Tobias A, Iniguez C, Forsberg B, Oudin Astrom D, Ragettli MS, Guo YL, Wu C, Zanobetti A, Schwartz J, Bell ML, Ngoc Dang T, Do Van D, Heaviside C, Vardoulakis S, Hajat S, Haines A, Armstrong B (2017) Projections of temperature-related excess mortality under climate change scenarios. Lancet Planetary Health. 2017 Dec; 1(9): e360–e367.

Heaviside C, Macintyre H, Vardoulakis S. (2017) The Urban Heat Island: Implications for health in a changing environment. Published online, Current Environmental Health Reports Jul 10. doi: 10.1007/s40572-017-0150-3

Bassett R, Cai X-M, Chapman L, Heaviside C, Thornes J. (2017) The effects of heat advection on UK weather and climate observations in the vicinity of small urbanised areas. Boundary Layer Meteorology 1-16.

Bassett R, Cai X-M, Chapman L, Heaviside C, Thornes J. (2017) Methodology to separate urban from regional heat advection by use of the Weather Research and Forecasting mesoscale model. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society 143: 2016–2024. doi:10.1002/qj.3062

Santana P, Costa C, Freitas A, Stefanik I, Quintal C, Bana E Costa C, Borrel C, Dimitroulopoulou S, Lopes Ferreira P, Krafft T, Oliveira M, Pikhart Stéphane Rican H, Vardoulakis S, Almendra R, Bana E Costa J, Bosakova L, Burstrom B, Corman D, Costa G, Cunha L, Deboosere P, Drbohlav D, Dzurova D, Franke C, Freitas I, Gama R, Gotsens M, Hadewijch V, Hajduova Z, Heaviside C, Jose Malva J, Katsouyanni K, Lopes A, Lustigova M, Mari-Dell’olmo M, Michelsen K, Mitsakou C, Morrison J, Nossa P, Palencia L, Patriarca J. Pieper J, Pilot E, Podopoulo S, Rodrigues T, Rodriguez-Sanz M, Rosicova Gérard Salem K, Samoli E, Schweikart J, Squiban C, Tavares Quentin Tenailleau A,I, Tkac M, Ueberschar N (2017) Atlas of Population Health in European Union Regions. Coimbra University Press, 2017, 978-989-26-1462-5

Godin-Beekmann, S, Petropavloskikh, I, Reis, S, Newman P, Steinbrecht W, Rex M, Santee ML, Eckman RS, Zheng X, Tully MB, Stevenson DS, Young P, Pyle J. Weber M, Tamminen J, Mills G, Bais AF, Heaviside C, Zerefos C. (2017) The Quadrennial Ozone Symposium 2016. Adv. Atmos. Sci. 34:283. doi:10.1007/s00376-016-6309-2


Macintyre HL, Heaviside C, Neal L, Agnew P, Thornes J, Vardoulakis S. (2016) Mortality and emergency hospitalizations associated with atmospheric particulate matter episodes across the UK in spring 2014. Environment International. 97, 108-116

Heaviside C, Tsangari H, Paschalidou AK, Vardoulakis S, Kassomenos PA, Georgiou KE, Yamasaki EN. (2016) Heat related mortality in Cyprus for current and future climate scenarios. Science of the Total Environment 569, 627-633

Mitchell D, Heaviside C, Vardoulakis S, Huntingford C, Masato G, Guillod B, Frumhoff P, Bowery A, Wallom D, Allen M. (2016) Attributing human mortality during extreme heat waves to anthropogenic climate change. Environmental Research Letters 11 (074776)

Bassett R, Cai X-M, Chapman L, Heaviside C, Thornes J, Muller CL, Young DT, Warren EL. Observations of urban heat island advection from a high-density monitoring network. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society 142: 2434-2441

Atkinson RA, Butland BK, Dimitroulopoulou C, Heal MR, Steadman JR, Carslaw N, Jarvis D, Heaviside C, Vardoulakis S, Walton H, Anderson HR. (2016) Long-term exposure to ambient ozone and mortality: a quantitative systematic review and meta-analysis of evidence from cohort studies BMJ Open; 6:e009493.doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009493

Heaviside C, Vardoulakis S, Cai X-M (2016). Attribution of mortality to the Urban Heat Island during heatwaves in the West Midlands, UK, Environmental Health. 15(Suppl 1):27

Arbuthnott K., Hajat S., Heaviside C., Vardoulakis S. (2016). Changes in population susceptibility to heat and cold over time: assessing adaptation to climate change, Environmental Health. 15(Suppl 1):33

Salmond J, Tadaki M, Vardoulakis S, Arbuthnott K, Coutts A, Demuzere M, Dirks K Heaviside C, Lim S, Macintyre H, McInnes R, Wheeler B (2016) Ecosystem services provided by street trees in the urban environment and their implications for human health in a changing climate Environmental Health. 15(Suppl 1):3

Tsangari H, Paschalidou AK, Kassomenos AP, Vardoulakis S, Heaviside C, Georgiou KE, Yamasaki EN (2016) Extreme weather and air pollution effects on cardiovascular and respiratory hospital admissions in Cyprus. Science of the Total Environment. 542, 247-253.

Symonds P, Taylor J, Chalabi Z, Mavrogianni A, Davies M, Hamilton I, Vardoulakis S, Heaviside C, Macintyre H (2016): Development of an England-wide indoor overheating and air pollution model using artificial neural networks, Journal of Building Performance Simulation, DOI:10.1080/19401493.2016.1166265

Tsangari H, Paschalidou A, Vardoulakis S, Heaviside C, Konsoula Z, Christou S, Georgiou K, Ioannou K, Mesimeris T, Kleanthous S et al (2016) Human mortality in Cyprus: the role of temperature and particulate air pollution. Reg Environ Change:1-9.


Heaviside C., Cai, X.-M., Vardoulakis, S. (2015). The effects of horizontal advection on the Urban Heat Island in Birmingham and the West Midlands, UK during a heatwave. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society. 141, 1429–1441.

Vardoulakis S., Dimitroulopoulou S., Thornes J.E., Lai K-M., Taylor J., Myers I., Heaviside C., Mavrogianni A., Shrubsole C., Chalabi Z., Davies M., Wilkinson P. (2015). Impact of climate change on the domestic indoor environment and associated health risks in the UK. Environment International. 85, 299-313.

Vardoulakis S., Dear K., Hajat S., Heaviside C., Eggen B., McMichael A.J. (2014). Comparative assessment of the effects of climate change on heat and cold related mortality in the UK and Australia. Environmental Health Perspectives. 122, 1285-1292


Hames, D., Heaviside, C., Hopkin, A., Vardoulakis, S., Thornes, J., Panzeri, M. (2014) Indicators to assess the resilience of health and emergency planning in England to the projected impacts of climate change. Adaptation Sub Committee, Committee on Climate Change

Hajat, S., Vardoulakis, S., Heaviside, C. and Eggen, B. (2014) Climate change effects on human health: projections of temperature-related mortality for the UK during the 2020s, 2050s, and 2080s. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. 68 (7), 641-648.


Heal, M.R., Heaviside, C., Doherty, R.M., Vieno, M., Stevenson D.S., Vardoulakis, S. (2013) Health burdens of surface ozone in the UK for a range of future scenarios. Environment International. 61, 36-44.

Heaviside, C. and Czaja, A. (2013) Deconstructing the Hadley Cell heat transport. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society. 138: 2181-2189.


Vardoulakis, S. and Heaviside, C. [eds.] (2012) Health Effects of Climate Change in the UK 2012 – Current evidence, public health recommendations and research gaps. Health Protection Agency. Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards, UK. ISBN: 978-0-85951-723-2.

IPCC (2012). Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation. A Special Report of Working Groups I and II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Field, C.B., V. Barros, T.F. Stocker, D. Qin, D.J. Dokken, K.L. Ebi, M.D. Mastrandrea, K.J. Mach, G.-K. Plattner, S.K. Allen, M. Tignor, and P.M. Midgley (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, and New York, NY, USA, 582 pp. – (named contributing author)