Climate Extremes and Society

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Henry F. Diaz, Richard J. Murnane
Cambridge University Press, May 22, 2008 - Science
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Extreme climatic events present society with significant challenges in a rapidly warming world. Ordinary citizens, the insurance industry and governments are concerned about the apparent increase in the frequency of weather and climate events causing extreme, and in some instances, catastrophic, impacts. Climate Extremes and Society focuses on the recent and potential future consequences of weather and climate extremes for different socioeconomic sectors. The book also examines actions that may enable society to better respond to climate variability. It provides examples of the impact of climate and weather extremes on society. How have these extremes varied in the past, and how might they change in the future? What type of efforts will help society adapt to potential future changes in climate and weather extremes? The book is designed for all policy-makers, engineers and scientists who have an interest in the effects of climate extremes on society.
 

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Contents

Definition diagnosis and origin of extreme weather and climate events
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Observed changes in the global distribution of daily temperature and precipitation extremes
24
The spatial distribution of severe convective storms and an analysis of their secular changes
35
Regional storm climate and related marine hazards in the Northeast Atlantic
54
Extensive summer hot and cold extremes under current and possible future climatic conditionsEurope and North America
74
Beyond mean climate changewhat climate models tell us about future climate extremes
99
Tropical cyclones and climate changerevisiting recent studies at GFDL
120
IIImpacts of weather and climate extremes
147
Forecasting US insured hurricane losses
189
Integrating hurricane loss models with climate models
209
An exploration of trends in normalized weatherrelated catastrophe losses
225
An overview of the impact of climate change on the insurance industry
248
Toward a comprehensive loss inventory of weather and climate hazards
279
The catastrophe modeling response to Hurricane Katrina
296
The Risk Prediction Initiativea successful sciencebusiness partnership for analyzing natural hazard risk
320
Index
337

examples from the Swiss Alps
147
The impact of weather and climate extremes on coral growth
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