Wild weather? – Identifying whether and to what extent climate change is taking its toll

Louvain-La-Neuve

March 16, 2020

13h - 14h

Louvain-la-Neuve

Carnoy B.059

Friederike Otto  (Oxford University, UK) will give a seminar "Wild weather? – Identifying whether and to what extent climate change is taking its toll"

Some consequences of a warming world, namely an increased likelihood of more heat and high precipitation extremes, have been known and predicted for a long time and are now seen across the globe. However, these consequences only hold on large scales and can be counteracted or amplified regionally (smaller scales) by changes in the atmospheric circulation - where and how weather systems develop - also due to human-induced climate change.

To understand how the risks of local extreme events are changing requires a holistic perspective combining these effects. Recent advances in the emerging science of event attribution provide the necessary basis on which to build the tools needed to assess such risks at the spatial scales people care most about. These attribution studies are starting to become the basis for legal claims, loss and damages assessments and social mobilisation.