Webinar: Attribution of Extreme Weather

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 18:30 to 20:00

What is an extreme event?  NOAA scientists explore how single events or trends in extreme weather relate to climate change.  

According to the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), in 2013, there were 7 weather and climate disaster events, killing 109 people and resulting in losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States.  In this webinar, two expert scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will discuss attribution of extreme weather and its connection with climate change.

  • Dr. Stephanie Herring is NOAA’s Liaison to the National Climate Assessment and works in NOAA's Climactic Monitoring Division. Dr. Herring and Dr. Hoerling collaborated on the Explaining Extreme Events of 2012 From a Climate Perspective report, which resulted in their inclusion on Foreign Policy magazine's Top 100 Global Thinkers list.
  • Dr. Martin Hoerling is a research meteorologist, specializing in climate dynamics, in NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory located in Boulder, Colorado. He is the Convening Lead Author for the US Climate Change Science Plan Synthesis and Assessment Report released in 2009. Dr. Hoerling is Chairman of the US Climate Variability research program. He served as Editor for the American Meteorological Society's Journal of Climate, and has published more than 50 scientific papers dealing with climate variability and change.

During the webinar, Herring and Hoerling plan to discuss the following questions: Are extreme weather events a result of a changing climate? How do scientists study individual extreme events? How do scientists attribute an extreme weather event or a trend? How can a single event be attributed to climate change? Why is it important to understand the attribution of single events and trends?

The webinar is schedules for Wednesday, March 5 from 4:30 to 6 p.m MST (6:30 to 8 p.m. EST)

The “Climate Conversations” webinar series is sponsored by University of Colorado Boulder, LearnMoreAboutClimate.org, and CIRES.

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