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Weather and Climate Extremes : Changes, Variations and a Perspective from the Insurance Industry :  Changes, Variations and a Perspective from the Insurance Industry - Thomas R. Karl

Weather and Climate Extremes : Changes, Variations and a Perspective from the Insurance Industry

Changes, Variations and a Perspective from the Insurance Industry

By: Thomas R. Karl (Editor), Neville Nicholls (Editor), Anver Ghazi (Editor)

Hardcover Published: August 1999
ISBN: 9780792357117
Number Of Pages: 349

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Are extreme weather events becoming more common? How do extreme weather events impact society? These are critical questions that must be examined as we confront the possibility that the world will experience a change in climate over the next century. Much of the research in climatology over the past decade has focused on potential changes in long- term averages of temperature, precipitation and other factors. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that changes in average values will be accompanied by changes in extreme events. Furthermore, extreme weather events will impact society to a greater extent as people around the world continue to locate in more hazard-prone areas such as coastal zones. This book represents a major step forwards in developing a comprehensive set of information about changes in extreme events by providing a review of the problems in data availability, quality and analysis that make deriving a clear picture of world-wide changes in extreme events so difficult. Audience: The book is intended for policy-makers, professionals, graduate students and others interested in learning how extreme weather events have changed, and how they impact society both now and in the future.

Overview
Summary
Workshop on Indices and Indicators for Climate Extremes
Editorials
Breakout Group A: Storms
Breakout Group B: Precipitation
Breakout Group C: Temperature Indices for Climate Extremes
Climate Extremes and the Insurance Industry
Global Climate Change: Why U.S. Insurers Care
Interactions between the Atmospheric Sciences and Insurers in the United States
Damaging Weather Conditions in the United States: A Selection of Data Quality and Monitoring Issues
Observed Changes in Extremes. Atlantic Basin Hurricanes: Indices of Climatic Changes
The Use of Indices to Identify Changes in Climatic Extremes
Progress in the Study of Climatic Extremes in Northern and Central Europe
Changes in Climate Extremes over the Australian Region and New Zealand during the Twentieth Century
Changes of Climate Extremes in China
Indicators of Climate Change for the Russian Federation
Changes in the Probability of Heavy Precipitation: Important Indicators of Climatic Change
Long-Term Observations for Monitoring Extremes in the Americas
Climate Extremes: Selected Review and Future Research Directions
Some Critical Aspects of Extreme Events
Conceptual Framework for Changes of Extremes of the Hydrological Cycle with Climate Change
On Testing for Change in Extreme Events
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ISBN: 9780792357117
ISBN-10: 0792357116
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 349
Published: August 1999
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.94