Operational extreme weather event attribution can quantify climate change loss and damages

Michael F. Wehner and Kevin A. Reed

Department of Energy, Office of Science, Earth & Environmental Systems Modeling Acknowledged Support: No, other Non-DOE EESM source of support

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pclm.0000013


It is now well established that the influence of anthropogenic climate change on certain individual extreme weather events can be quantified by event attribution techniques. It is time that these activities move from the research community to the operational centers. Such routine evaluation of the human influence on extreme weather increases our scientific understanding and informs the public of climate change impacts. Furthermore, quantification of the human influence on extreme weather can be used to fairly evaluate climate change induced loss and damages

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