Climate: Extreme Events

Authored by: Philip Sura

Encyclopedia of Natural Resources

Print publication date:  July  2014
Online publication date:  June  2014

Print ISBN: 9781439852583
eBook ISBN: 9781351043847
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One very important topic in climatology, meteorology, and related fields is the understanding of extremes in a changing climate. There is broad consensus that some of the most hazardous effects of climate change are due to a potential increase (in frequency and/or intensity) of extreme weather and climate events. This entry reviews the basic statistical definitions of weather and climate extremes, discusses how they are sampled and commonly used, and provides a brief overview on how extremes are expected to change in a warming climate.

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