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Scientists on the Frontlines: Calculating Climate Fingerprints after Extreme Weather Events

BySamantha Nguyen

Jun 11, 2024
The connection between severe weather and climate change is now more evident than ever

Researchers are now working on rapidly calculating and sharing climate fingerprints following extreme weather events. Michael Wehner, a senior staff scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, is leading this effort. By quickly linking extreme weather events to greenhouse gases, people become more aware that climate change is a pressing issue that affects the present, not just the future.

Recently, when Dubai experienced heavy rainfall in mid-April 2021, researchers at WWA analyzed the data immediately. A week later, they reported that such an event had become twice as likely in today’s climate. In addition to calculating increased odds, recent efforts have focused on examining the additional impacts of these extreme weather events.

For instance, during Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Houston in 2017, researchers found that there was 19% more rainfall due to climate change. This translated to 14% more flooded areas and a quadrupling of financial losses, ultimately totaling $90 billion. These findings highlight the urgency and severity of the impact of climate change on extreme weather events and provide valuable insights for residents and policymakers.

By Samantha Nguyen

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