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Extreme Weather and Climate: Workshop ReportExtreme events are the aspects of climate to which human society is most sensitive. Due to both their severity and their rarity, extreme events can challenge the capacity of physical, social, economic and political infrastructures, turning natural events into human disasters. Yet, because they are low frequency events, the science of extreme events is very challenging. Among the challenges is the difficulty of connecting extreme events to longer-term, large-scale variability and trends in the climate system, including anthropogenic climate change. How can we best quantify the risks posed by extreme weather events, both in the current climate and in the warmer and different climates to come? How can we better predict them? What can we do to reduce the harm done by such events? In response to these questions, the Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate has been created at Columbia University in New York City (extreme weather.columbia.edu). This Initiative is a University-wide activity focused on understanding the risks to human life, property, infrastructure, communities, institutions, ecosystems, and landscapes from extreme weather events, both in the present and future climates, and on developing solutions to mitigate those risks. In May 2015,the Initiative held its first science workshop, entitled Extreme Weather and Climate: Hazards, Impacts, Actions. The purpose of the workshop was to define the scope of the Initiative and tremendously broad intellectual footprint of the topic indicated by the titles of the presentations (see Table 1). The intent of the workshop was to stimulate thought across disciplinary lines by juxtaposing talks whose subjects differed dramatically. Each session concluded with question and answer panel sessions. Approximately, 150 people were in attendance throughout the day. Below is a brief synopsis of each presentation. The synopses collectively reflect the variety and richness of the emerging extreme event research agenda.
Document ID
20160013424
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Sobel, Adam (Columbia Univ. New York, NY, United States)
Camargo, Suzana (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Palisades, NY, United States)
Debucquoy, Wim (Columbia Univ. New York, NY, United States)
Deodatis, George (Columbia Univ. New York, NY, United States)
Gerrard, Michael (Columbia Univ. New York, NY, United States)
Hall, Timothy (NASA Goddard Inst. for Space Studies New York, NY United States)
Hallman, Robert (Columbia Univ. New York, NY, United States)
Keenan, Jesse (Columbia Univ. New York, NY, United States)
Lall, Upmanu (Columbia Univ. New York, NY, United States)
Levy, Marc (Columbia Univ. New York, NY, United States)
Orlove, Ben (Columbia Univ. New York, NY, United States)
Rosenzweig, Cynthia (NASA Goddard Inst. for Space Studies New York, NY United States)
Seager, Richard (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Palisades, NY, United States)
Shaman, Jeffrey (Columbia Univ. New York, NY, United States)
Tippett, Michael (Columbia Univ. New York, NY, United States)
Date Acquired
November 15, 2016
Publication Date
October 25, 2016
Publication Information
Publication: Journal of Extreme Events
Volume: 3
Issue: 1
ISSN: 2345-7376
Subject Category
Meteorology and Climatology
Report/Patent Number
GSFC-E-DAA-TN36999
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other
Keywords
extreme weather events
climate system
infrastructure