Climate Series, Seminar 4: Climate Potential Surprises - Compound Extremes and Tipping Elements

Climate Science Special Report (CSSR) Seminar Series
Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 12:00

Climate Science Special Report (CSSR) Seminar Series, by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, 
in partnership with NOAA.

Speaker: Radley Horton, Associate Research Professor, Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Presenting remotely.

Sponsors: The U.S. Global Change Research Program and NOAA's National Ocean Service Science Seminar; co-hosts are Katie Reeves ( and

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Abstract: Diverse lines of evidence suggest that the further the climate system is 'pushed' through increases in greenhouse gas concentrations, the greater the potential for rapid changes that are difficult to model or otherwise foresee.  Several examples will be presented within a risk management framework, ranging from a) the probable to b) the low probability but catastrophic should they occur.

About the Speaker: Radley Horton's research focuses on climate extremes, tail risks, climate impacts, and adaptation.  Radley was a Convening Lead Author for the Third National Climate Assessment. He currently Co-Chairs Columbia's Adaptation Initiative, and is the Lead Principal Investigator for the NOAA-Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments-funded Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast and the WWF-Columbia University ADVANCE partnership. Radley is also the Columbia University lead for the Department of Interior-funded Northeast Climate Adaptation Center. He has also served as Deputy Lead for NASA's Climate Adaptation Science Investigator Working Group, charged with linking NASA's science to its institutional stewardship. Radley also teaches in Columbia University's Sustainable Development department. Radley is a leading climate science communicator, appearing regularly on television, radio, and in print.

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