Extreme events

Weather conditions can have drastic effects on nature, society and the economy. For example a tropical cyclone can lead to major destruction of coastal infrastructure with long term effects on societies; droughts can induce crop failure, rising food prices, and malnutrition; or heavy rain may cause river floods and infectious diseases.

Here you can find articles addressing extreme events which are by definition rare events. For example in the case of river discharge a particularly high water level that has only be reached once in 100 years so far is considered extreme. Events with higher levels of discharge would than be called “once-in-a-100-years-events”. Under climate change, the frequency as well as the intensity of weather related extreme impact events are expected to exacerbate in many regions of the world.

The collection of articles compiled here ask questions such as “Are our impact models able to reproduce them?”, “Has climate change lead to an increase in damages induced by river floods?” and “Do we have to expect more frequent crop failure because of more heatwaves?”


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The kids aren't alright

Wim Thiery, Katja Frieler
Global Future projections Extreme events

Historical and future changes in global flood magnitude

Hong Xuan Do
Global Future projections Extreme events Water

Observed impacts of climate change

Global Observed impacts Agriculture Biodiversity Extreme events Fisheries Forests Water

Will climate change increase the exposure to river flooding?

Stefan Lange, Jan Volkholz, Fang Zhao, Sven Willner, Katja Frieler
Global Future projections Extreme events Water

How could the occurrence of crop failures be affected by climate change?

Jan Volkholz
Global Future projections Extreme events Agriculture

Will climate change increase the exposure to droughts?

Stefan Lange, Ted Veldkamp, Hannes Müller Schmied, Katja Frieler
Global Future projections Extreme events Agriculture

Are our crop models able to reproduce the drop in maize and soy yields at high temperatures as observed in the US?

Bernhard Schauberger, Sotirios Archontoulis, Almut Arneth, Juraj Balkovic, Philippe Ciais, Delphine Deryng, Joshua Elliott, Christian Folberth, Nikolay Khabarov, Christoph Müller, Thomas A. M. Pugh, Susanne Rolinski, Sibyll Schaphoff, Erwin Schmid, Xuhui Wang, Wolfram Schlenker, Katja Frieler
United States Model evaluation Extreme events Agriculture

Is the observed positive trend in global flood damages due to climate change?

Inga Sauer
Global Observed impacts Extreme events Water