9780521870283

Climate Extremes and Society

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521870283

  • ISBN10:

    0521870283

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-06-02
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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The past few decades have brought extreme weather and climate events to the forefront of societal concerns. Ordinary citizens, 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.

Table of Contents

List of contributorsp. vii
Forewordp. xi
Preface: The significance of weather and climate extremes to society: an introductionp. 1
Defining and modeling the nature of weather and climate extremesp. 9
Definition, diagnosis, and origin of extreme weather and climate eventsp. 11
Observed changes in the global distribution of daily temperature and precipitation extremesp. 24
The spatial distribution of severe convective storms and an analysis of their secular changesp. 35
Regional storm climate and related marine hazards in the Northeast Atlanticp. 54
Extensive summer hot and cold extremes under current and possible future climatic conditions: Europe and North Americap. 74
Beyond mean climate change: what climate models tell us about future climate extremesp. 99
Tropical cyclones and climate change: revisiting recent studies at GFDLp. 120
Impacts of weather and climate extremesp. 145
Extreme climatic events and their impacts: examples from the Swiss Alpsp. 147
The impact of weather and climate extremes on coral growthp. 165
Forecasting US insured hurricane lossesp. 189
Integrating hurricane loss models with climate modelsp. 209
An exploration of trends in normalized weather-related catastrophe lossesp. 225
An overview of the impact of climate change on the insurance industryp. 248
Toward a comprehensive loss inventory of weather and climate hazardsp. 279
The catastrophe modeling response to Hurricane Katrinap. 296
The Risk Prediction Initiative: a successful science-business partnership for analyzing natural hazard riskp. 320
Indexp. 337
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