Climate Change and Extreme Events

"It is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land. Widespread and rapid changes in the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and biosphere have occurred." IPCC Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis Report, August 2021

The climate crisis threatens modern society, and action to combat it remains a global priority. Global surface temperatures in 2001-2020 was 0.99°C (33° F) higher than in 1850-1900, contributing to widespread changes in the climate and more frequent weather extremes (Climate Change 2021 Report, recently released by the IPCC).

The report highlights the irreversible consequences of human influence on global ecosystems. According to the report, human influence since the 1950s is a likely driver of more frequent and extreme climate events. Such events have already severely impacted public health, prosperity, and economic stability.

Annual Reviews has curated a new review article collection to explore the causes, impacts, and prediction of climate change and related weather events. In this interdisciplinary collection, our experts discuss the risk factors that influence extreme environmental and ecological change, including:

  • Wildfires and Forest Management
  • Human Impact on Climate and the Anthropocene
  • Extreme Weather Events
  • Climate Modelling and Prediction

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Wildfires and Forest Management

Degradation and Recovery in Changing Forest Landscapes: A Multiscale Conceptual Framework

Jaboury Ghazoul and Robin Chazdon, Annual Review of Environment and Resources

Forests, Climate, and Public Policy: A 500-Year Interdisciplinary Odyssey

Gordon B. Bonan, Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics

Forest Management, Public Goods, and Optimal Policies

Markku Ollikainen, Annual Review of Resource Economics

Responses of Temperate Forest Productivity to Insect and Pathogen Disturbances

Charles E. Flower and Miquel A. Gonzalez-Meler, Annual Review of Plant Biology

Phellinus Weirii and Other Native Root Pathogens as Determinants of Forest Structure and Process in Western North America

E.M. Hansen and Ellen Michaels Goheen, Annual Review of Phytopathology

Pyrogeography and the Global Quest for Sustainable Fire Management

David M.J.S. Bowman, Jessica A. O'Brien, and Johann G. Goldammer, Annual Review of Environment and Resources

Fire Whirls

Ali Tohidi, Michael J. Gollner, and Huahua Xiao, Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics

Human Impact on Climate and the Anthropocene

Social-Ecological Systems Insights for Navigating the Dynamics of the Anthropocene

Belinda Reyers, Carl Folke, Michele-Lee Moore, Reinette Biggs, and Victor Galaz, Annual Review of Environment and Resources

The Concept of the Anthropocene

Yadvinder Malhi, Annual Review of Environment and Resources

Drivers of Human Stress on the Environment in the Twenty-First Century

Thomas Dietz, Annual Review of Environment and Resources

Technology and Engineering of the Water-Energy Nexus

Prakash Rao, Robert Kostecki, Larry Dale, and Ashok Gadgil, Annual Review of Environment and Resources

Attribution of Weather and Climate Events

Friederike E.L. Otto, Annual Review of Environment and Resources

Extreme Weather Events

Extreme Weather and Climate Change: Population Health and Health System Implications

Kristie L. Ebi, Jennifer Vanos, Jane W. Baldwin, Jesse E. Bell, David M. Hondula, Nicole A. Errett, Katie Hayes, Colleen E. Reid, Shubhayu Saha, June Spector, and Peter Berry, Annual Review of Public Health

Climate Extremes and Compound Hazards in a Warming World

Amir AghaKouchak, Felicia Chiang, Laurie S. Huning, Charlotte A. Love, Iman Mallakpour, Omid Mazdiyasni, Hamed Moftakhari, Simon Michael Papalexiou, Elisa Ragno, and Mojtaba Sadegh, Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Recent Progress and Emerging Topics on Weather and Climate Extremes Since the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Yang Chen, Wilfran Moufouma-Okia, Valérie Masson-Delmotte, Panmao Zhai, and Anna Pirani, Annual Review of Environment and Resources

1.5°C Hotspots: Climate Hazards, Vulnerabilities, and Impacts

Carl-Friedrich Schleussner, Delphine Deryng, Sarah D'haen, William Hare, Tabea Lissner, Mouhamed Ly, Alexander Nauels, Melinda Noblet, Peter Pfleiderer, Patrick Pringle, Martin Rikitzki, Fahad Saeed, Michiel Schaeffer, Olivia Serdeczny, and Adelle Thomas, Annual Review of Environment and Resources

Ecological Response to Permafrost Thaw and Consequences for Local and Global Ecosystem Services

Edward A.G. Schuur and Michelle C. Mack, Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics

Climate Modelling and Prediction

Statistical Methods for Extreme Event Attribution in Climate Science

Philippe Naveau, Alexis Hannart, and Aurélien Ribes, Annual Review of Statistics and Its Application

Statistical Models of Key Components of Wildfire Risk

Dexen D.Z. Xi, Stephen W. Taylor, Douglas G. Woolford, and C.B. Dean, Annual Review of Statistics and Its Application

Major Mechanisms of Atmospheric Moisture Transport and Their Role in Extreme Precipitation Events

Luis Gimeno, Francina Dominguez, Raquel Nieto, Ricardo Trigo, Anita Drumond, Chris J.C. Reason, Andréa S. Taschetto, Alexandre M. Ramos, Ramesh Kumar, and José Marengo, Annual Review of Environment and Resources

Climate Simulators and Climate Projections

Jonathan Rougier and Michael Goldstein, Annual Review of Statistics and Its Application

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