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Horton et al. 2016

Horton, R., J.S. Mankin, C. Lesk, E. Coffel, and C. Raymond, 2016: A review of recent advances in research on extreme heat events. Curr. Clim. Change Rep., 2, no. 4, 242-259, doi:10.1007/s40641-016-0042-x.

Reviewing recent literature, we report that changes in extreme heat event characteristics such as magnitude, frequency, and duration are highly sensitive to changes in mean global-scale warming. Numerous studies have detected signif- icant changes in the observed occurrence of extreme heat events, irrespective of how such events are defined. Further, a number of these studies have attributed present-day changes in the risk of individual heat events and the documented global-scale increase in such events to anthropogenic-driven warming. Advances in process-based studies of heat events have focused on the proximate land-atmosphere interactions through soil moisture anomalies, and changes in occurrence of the underlying atmospheric circulation associated with heat events in the midlatitudes. While evidence for a number of hypotheses remains limited, climate change nevertheless points to tail risks of possible changes in heat extremes that could exceed estimates generated from model outputs of mean temperature. We also explore risks associated with compound extreme events and nonlinear impacts associated with extreme heat.

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  author={Horton, R. and Mankin, J. S. and Lesk, C. and Coffel, E. and Raymond, C.},
  title={A review of recent advances in research on extreme heat events},
  journal={Curr. Clim. Change Rep.},

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ID  - ho06600o
AU  - Horton, R.
AU  - Mankin, J. S.
AU  - Lesk, C.
AU  - Coffel, E.
AU  - Raymond, C.
PY  - 2016
TI  - A review of recent advances in research on extreme heat events
JA  - Curr. Clim. Change Rep.
VL  - 2
IS  - 4
SP  - 242
EP  - 259
DO  - 10.1007/s40641-016-0042-x
ER  -

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