31 Dec '14, 4pm

"While Much of the U.S. Shivers, Alaskan Fourth Graders Bemoan a Warm, Snowless December on YouTube" by ANDREW C...

"While Much of the U.S. Shivers, Alaskan Fourth Graders Bemoan a Warm, Snowless December on YouTube" by ANDREW C...

These are the kinds of unusual events where people really feel the climate system. It’s nice to have this particular discussion in the context of a pleasant example like this video, because in many other cases extreme climate events have resulted in acute humanitarian disasters. The public interest in understanding the possible role of climate change in influencing these kinds of extreme events has inspired concerted effort in the scientific community over the past decade, and that effort has really ramped up over the past few years. In my research group, we are focused on understanding whether global warming has influenced the probability of a given kind of extreme event (such as the probability of a warm December in Alaska). The first question that we want to answer is how rare is that event in observed record: Is this event the most extreme? Has it happened once in a ce...

Full article: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/31/while-much-o...

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