Adam Kalkstein

Dr. Adam Kalkstein

Professor of Geography

Chair of Regional Dynamics, Center for Languages, Cultures, and Regional Studies (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. 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 and 6th Assessment Reports, Working Group II. Dr. Kalkstein teaches Climatology and Physical Geography.

Publications & Presentations

Books and Book Chapters:

Kalkstein, A.J. Defining Climate Change: What to Expect in a Warmer World. In: Galgano, F. (eds) The Environment-Conflict Nexus. Advances in Military Geosciences, 2019, Springer, Cham; DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-90975-2_3.

Select Peer-Reviewed:

Kalkstein, A.J. Foreword: Indoor and workplace biometeorology. International Journal of Biometeorology 2021, 65, 405; DOI: 10.1007/s00484-020-02071-z.

Sheridan, S.C., P.G. Dixon, A.J. Kalkstein, and M.J. Allen. Recent Trends in Heat-Related Mortality in the United States: An Update through 2018, Weather, Climate, and Society 2021, 13(1), 95-106; DOI: 10.1175/WCAS-D-20-0083.1.

Kalkstein, A.J., Y. Rudich, S. Raveh-Rubin, I. Kloog, and V. Novack. A Closer Look at the Role of the Cyprus Low on Dust Events in the Negev Desert. Atmosphere 2020, 11(10), 1020; DOI: 10.3390/atmos11101020.

Kalkstein, A.J., M. Belorid, P.G. Dixon, K.R. Kim, and K.A. Bremer. Seasonal Variations in Temperature-Suicide Associations Across South Korea. Weather, Climate, and Society 2019, 11(4), 731-739; DOI: 10.1175/WCAS-D-19-0019.1.

Kalkstein, A.J., L.S. Kalkstein, J.K. Vanos, D.P. Eisenman, and P.G. Dixon. Heat/mortality sensitivities in Los Angeles during winter: a unique phenomenon in the United States. Environmental Health 2018, 17(45), 1-12; DOI: 10.1186/s12940-018-0389-7.