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New book on climate extremes and how they are addressed

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Published 09.12.2019

A new book edited by CICERO researcher Jana Sillmann, presents challenges, opportunities and various methodologies for the analysis of climate extremes related to impacts across different sectors.

Climate extremes often have significant effects on human and natural systems. These extreme events are anticipated to be among the potentially most harmful consequences of a changing climate.

However, while extreme event impacts are increasingly recognized, methodologies to address such impacts and the degree of our understanding and prediction capabilities vary widely among different sectors and disciplines. Moreover, traditional climate extreme indices and large-scale multi-model intercomparisons that are used for future projections of extreme events and associated impacts often fall short in capturing the full complexity of impact systems.

In a new book published by Elsevier, Climate Extremes and Their Implications for Impact and Risk Assessment, challenges, opportunities and methodologies for the analysis of the impacts of climate extremes across various sectors to support their impact and risk assessment are described.

“The overall aim of this book is to generate synergies across a range of sectors in which the impacts of present and future climate extremes are felt and studied, and how this information can be used in risk assessment and for supporting important collaboration between the climate and disaster risk reduction communities.” says CICERO researcher Jana Sillmann. 

New international network on risks and extreme events

Recently, a “Knowledge Action Network” (KAN) on emergent risks and extreme events, the so-called RISK-KAN, was established. This is an open international network in which stakeholders, scientists and practitioners who work with extreme event impacts will meet and discuss, and together work towards better planning, adaptation and warning measures.

Sillmann says that their book evolved partly from interactions from when this network was being planned and that several of the current network members have contributed with chapters.

Sillmann emphasizes that the book is meant to contribute to the Risk KAN activities and to encourage future work on the intersection of the larger supporting programs, the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), Future Earth and the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR).

Connecting knowledge as key to understanding extreme events

In short, Climate Extremes and Their Implications for Impact and Risk Assessment, which was released on the 22nd of November 2019, provides an overview of past, present and future changes in climate and weather extremes and how to connect this knowledge to impact and risk assessment under global warming. Furthermore, it presents different approaches to assess societal-relevant impacts and risk of climate and weather extremes, including compound events, and the complexity of risk cascades and the interconnectedness of societal risk. It also features applications across a diversity of sectors, including agriculture, health, forestry, ecosystem services and urban transport.

Sillmann points out that the book is also intended to serve as introduction and educational resource to climate extremes and their impacts at the human-environment interface as well as to outline the associated challenges and complexities, and thus, is hopefully useful and interesting to a wide audience.


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Climate Extremes and Their Implications for Impact and Risk Assessment, published by Elsevier on November 22, 2019. Editors are Jana Sillmann, researcher at CICERO in Norway, Sebastian Sippel, researcher at NIBIO – the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research and ETH Zurich, and Simone Russo, researcher at ISPRA in Italy.

The target group for the book includes professionals in climate and impact science and practice, risk assessment professionals as well as graduate students in the physical and social sciences in the context of climate change.

Read more about the Risk KAN network here