Global Warming and Extreme Weather

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Date: 
November 28, 2006 - 12:00pm
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90-3122
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Extreme weather events can have serious impacts on human and ecological systems. Changes in the magnitude and frequency of extreme weather associated with changes in the mean climate are likely the most serious consequence of human induced global warming. Understanding what the future portends is vital if society hopes to adapt to the very different world that awaits. In this talk, we will exploit simple extreme value theory to make predictions about the late 21st century climate. Current work on the relationship between global warming and the hurricane cycle will also be presented. The bottom line is that events that are considered rare today will become commonplace to the next generations. This seminar is co-sponsored by the Computational Research, Earth Sciences, and Environmental Energy Technologies Divisions.

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