Climate Change & Health – Each Impact

Graphic: USGCRP 2016 Climate and Health Assessment

Please see the links below for more detailed information about the human health impacts of climate change for each health outcome, provided by the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s 2016 Climate and Health Assessment. DOH is in the process of creating a statewide vulnerability assessment that will detail how climate change specifically impacts each health outcome for Hawaiʻi, which will be updated on this webpage soon.

Extreme Heat

Severe Weather Events

Air Pollution

Vector-borne Disease

Water Quality Impacts

Water and Food Supply Impacts

Mental Health & Wellbeing


Exposure to Chemical Contaminants


HEER’s Toxicologist Dr. Diana Felton presents Climate Change & Chemical Contamination, June 2022

Risks of Sea Level Rise and Increased Flooding on Known Chemical Contamination in Hawaiʻi, June 21, 2021
This memorandum aims to describe how increased flooding, ground water inundation and sea level rise resulting from climate change will increase risks to human health and the environment from chemical contamination.

Public Comments: The following comments have been submitted on the June 21, 2022, HEER Office memorandum on the risks of sea level rise to contaminated sites in Hawai’i. Stakeholder workgroups are planned to discuss specific topics and develop strategies for long-term management of areas of contaminated soil, sediment and groundwater in coastal potentially affected coastal areas. Additional comments and ideas are welcome at any time and should be submitted to Diana Felton ([email protected]) and Roger Brewer ([email protected]).

Maps in iHEER
For a map view of sites that are within the flooding exposure area from a 3.2 foot sea level rise and a 1% flood risk with a 3.2 foot sea level rise, go to the iHEER Viewer, Sites tab, and type in “SLR 3.2ft Flooding” or “1% flood risk with SLR 3.2ft”.

HEPCRA Facilities
Tier II Facilities may also be affected by SLR.