Dr. Lemke is currently working on a number of heat stress project with Australian National University and Sri Ramachandra University (Chennai, India) as a consultant for Umea University (Sweden). Based in Nelson NZ, he works with a small team of researchers headed by Tord Kjellstrom. Their focus is the effects of work-place heat stress on health and productivity, now and in the future. He has a PhD in physics and many years teaching human physiology at NMIT (Nelson NZ). This is an excellent background for researching heat stress that spans these two and many other disciplines.
His research involves the production of heat stress data from climate change models (CMIP5), the modelling of the effects of heat stress on human physiology, and the production of easy to use heat stress monitoring equipment. He has been involved in the soon to be released WHO report on “Global Assessment of the Health Impacts of Climate Change: Occupational Heat Stress”.
Recent presentations include heat stress studies on India, Australia, USA and South East Asia.