20 Sep '12, 3pm

Why bother trying to attribute extreme events?

Nature has an interesting editorial this week on the state of the science for attributing extreme events. This was prompted by a workshop in Oxford last week where, presumably, strategies, observations and results were discussed by a collection of scientists interested in the topic (including Myles Allen, Peter Stott and other familiar names). Rather less usual was a discussion, referred to in the Nature piece, on whether the whole endeavour was scientifically worthwhile, and even if it was, whether it was of any use to anyone. The proponents of the ‘unscientific and pointless’ school of thought were not named and so one can’t immediately engage with them directly, but nonetheless the question is worthy of a discussion. This workshop was a follow-up to one held in 2009 , which took place in a very different environment. The meeting report was typical of a project that was ...

Full article: http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2012/09/why...

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