Author: Flora MacTavish

Temperature and rainfall extremes in a warming world

By DrĀ Flora MacTavish

Governments, planning authorities, companies and individuals all need information aboutĀ  the impact of climate change on extreme weather in the future. A recent paper [1] investigates changes in extremes both globally and locally.

We can be relatively certain of the signature of climate change on a global or continental scale. On the other hand, estimating changes on a country-wide scale is harder and estimating them on a local scale (i.e. to the nearest few kilometres) is very difficult.

In the new study, scientists calculated the proportion of global land area in which certain weather extremes are expected to increase.