Climate change has made the extremely high temperatures in Europe more than twice as likely to occur, a new analysis has revealed. How do scientists calculate the link between extreme weather events and climate change?
Pelosi takes big step toward reclaiming House speaker's job Climate change has made the extremely high temperatures in Europe more than twice as likely to occur, a new analysis has revealed. How do scientists calculate the link between extreme weather events and climate change?
Record-breaking temperatures of up to 39 degrees Celcius With the extreme high temperatures continuing in most parts of Europe, people are asking: Is climate change to blame?
He is part of World Weather Attribution WWAa network of scientists in six institutions established to provide near-real-time analysis of possible links between climate change and extreme weather events.
A WWA team has analyzed the current heat wave in northern Europe and presented preliminary results on Friday. How do scientists connect specific weather events to climate change?
Pinning down blame for complex weather events isn't straightforward, due to the numerous variables involved, from water temperature to air pressure. But thanks to state-of-the-art climate models, scientists can now calculate the likelihood of individual extreme weather events having happened due to climate change.
Climate change and extreme weather: Science is proving the link Like how epidemiologists link smoking to cancer, climate scientists work with statistical probability. To determine the likelihood that an individual extreme weather event is caused by climate change, scientists estimate what the probability of a particular extreme event would be in the climate of today, versus in the climate of a world free of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.
We've already warmed the globe by about 1 degree Celsius, compared to pre-industrial times. By comparing the results of these two scenarios, scientists can attribute any differences in probability of the extreme event to human-caused climate change. With this method, the WWA network has already shown that climate change made Hurricane Harvey in three times as likely to happen, the Lucifer heat wave that swept southern Europe in four times as likely to happen, and did not change the likelihood of the Sao Paolo drought taking place.
How did they calculate the probability of climate change causing the current heat wave? The WWA researchers compared the currently high temperatures with historical records at seven weather stations in northern Europe — two in Finland and one each in Denmark, the Irish Republic, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
The weather stations were selected for practical reasons. Current temperature data could be accessed in real time, and all of them had digitalized records extending back to the early s.
For each year in the historical record, the scientists looked at the hottest consecutive three days. Forthey took the hottest three days of the year so far.
They then fed their the datainto climate models, and compared the results of the world today with the world from the past when greenhouse gas emissions were much lower. In the case of Copenhagen, the group found that a heat wave like the current one occurs every seven years in our current world.
But in a world without manmade climate change, such a heat wave as this one occurs only every 35 years. Compiling all the results from the seven analyzed weather stations across Europe, the scientists found that the probability of such heat waves is overall twice as probable today than if human activities had not altered the climate.
The results are not yet peer-reviewed, because the WWA scientists are aiming to provide a quick analysis of current extreme weather events since public interest is high. They do plan to publish the results formally in a scientific journal, as they have done with previous analyses. Why is it important to attribute specific extreme weather events to climate change?
Climate change is an abstract topic with abstract measures, for example the increase of the average global temperature on Earth. But people don't experience average temperatures; they experience heavy rainfall including floodingheat waves, severe storms and droughts, researchers point out.
Only when we undestand what climate change looks like can we can prepare for it, he thinks. After the deadly heat wave inwhich resulted in the death of 15, people in France alone, the French government created an emergency plan to deal with future heat-related health problems.
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