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Sobel et al. 2016

Sobel, A., S.J. Camargo, W. Debucquoy, G. Deodatis, M. Gerrard, T. Hall, R. Hallman, J. Keenan, O. Lall, M.A. Levy, B. Orlove, C. Rosenzweig, R. Seager, J. Shaman, and M. Tippett, 2016: Extreme Weather and Climate: Workshop Report. J. Extreme Events, 3, no. 1, 1671001, doi:10.1142/S234573761671001.

Extreme events are the aspects of climate to which human society is most sensitive. Due to both their severity and their rarity, extreme events can challenge the capacity of physical, social, economic and political infrastructures, turning natural events into human disasters. Yet, because they are low frequency events, the science of extreme events is very challenging. Among the challenges is the difficulty of connecting extreme events to longer-term, large-scale variability and trends in the climate system, including anthropogenic climate change. How can we best quantify the risks posed by extreme weather events, both in the current climate and in the warmer and different climates to come? How can we better predict them? What can we do to reduce the harm done by such events?In response to these questions, the Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate has been created at Columbia University in New York City ( This Initiative is a University-wide activity focused on understanding the risks to human life, property, infrastructure, communities, institutions,ecosystems, and landscapes from extreme weather events, both in the present and future climates, and on developing solutions to mitigate those risks. In May 2015, the Initiative held its first science workshop, entitled Extreme Weather and Climate:Hazards, Impacts, Actions. The purpose of the workshop was to define the scope of the Initiative and tremendously broad intellectual footprint of the topic indicated by the titles of the presentations (see Table 1). The intent of the workshop was to stimulate thought across disciplinary lines by juxtaposing talks whose subjects differed dramatically. Each session concluded with question and answer panel sessions. Approximately, 150 people were in attendance throughout the day. Below is a brief synopsis of each presentation. The synopses collectively reflect the variety and richness of the emerging extremeevent research agenda.

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  author={Sobel, A. and Camargo, S. J. and Debucquoy, W. and Deodatis, G. and Gerrard, M. and Hall, T. and Hallman, R. and Keenan, J. and Lall, O. and Levy, M. A. and Orlove, B. and Rosenzweig, C. and Seager, R. and Shaman, J. and Tippett, M.},
  title={Extreme Weather and Climate: Workshop Report},
  journal={J. Extreme Events},

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RIS Citation

ID  - so03200x
AU  - Sobel, A.
AU  - Camargo, S. J.
AU  - Debucquoy, W.
AU  - Deodatis, G.
AU  - Gerrard, M.
AU  - Hall, T.
AU  - Hallman, R.
AU  - Keenan, J.
AU  - Lall, O.
AU  - Levy, M. A.
AU  - Orlove, B.
AU  - Rosenzweig, C.
AU  - Seager, R.
AU  - Shaman, J.
AU  - Tippett, M.
PY  - 2016
TI  - Extreme Weather and Climate: Workshop Report
JA  - J. Extreme Events
VL  - 3
IS  - 1
SP  - 1671001
DO  - 10.1142/S234573761671001
ER  -

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