Climate Extremes and Their Implications for Impact and Risk Assessment - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128148952

Climate Extremes and Their Implications for Impact and Risk Assessment

1st Edition

Editors: Jana Sillmann Sebastian Sippel Simone Russo
Paperback ISBN: 9780128148952
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st November 2019
Page Count: 360
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Climate Extremes and Their Implications for Impact and Risk Assessment connects models for predicting the potential of climatic events and the impact that modeling forecasts can have on the potential destruction of such events. It provides introductory chapters on weather and climate extremes, also including impact-relevant indicators, measures for bias correction of climate model output, and relevant climate scenarios. In addition, various examples of applications in impact modeling studies and recent efforts of impact model-intercomparison studies are included.

This book provides practical applications that will be of interest to individuals working in a variety of industries, including energy, agriculture, transportation and health.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive overview of current knowledge on the impacts of weather and climate extremes
  • Features applications of modeling weather and climate extremes across a diversity of industries, including agriculture, health, ecosystem services and energy
  • Describes the most recent efforts of impact model-intercomparison studies


Professionals in climate science, ecology, hydrology, hazards risk assessment and graduate students in the physical and social sciences

Table of Contents

1. Climate extremes and their implications for impact modeling: A short introduction

Simone Russo, Sebastian Sippel and Jana Sillmann

2. Climate scenarios and their relevance/implications for impact studies

Claudia Tebaldi and Brian O'Neill

3. Changes in climate extremes in observations and climate model simulations. From the past into the future

Jana Sillmann, Markus Donat and Erich Fischer

4. Multivariate extremes and compound events

Jakob Zscheischler, Bart van den Hurk, Seth Westra and Philip Ward

5. Bias correction of climate model output for impact models (preliminary)

Claudio Piani, Alex J. Cannon and Sebastian Sippel

6. Anthropogenic changes in tropical cyclones and its impacts

Michael Wehner

7. Machine Learning approaches for agricultural impacts under climate extremes (tentative)

Carlos Felipe Gaitan

8. Probabilistic drought risk analysis for even-aged forests

Marcel Van Oijen

9. Assessing the France 2016 extreme wheat production loss – evaluating our operational capacity to predict complex compound events

Marijn Van der Velde, Rémi Lecerf, Raphaël d’Andrimont and Tamara Ben-Ari

10. Projecting health impacts of climate extremes: a methodological overview

Ana Maria Vicedo-Cabrera, Francesco Sera and Antonio Gasparrini

11. Modelling the impact of pluvial flooding on transport under climate extremes

Maria Pregnolato, David Jaroszweski, Alistair Ford and Richard Dawson

12. Assessing Vulnerability and Risk of Climate Change

Bapon SHM Fakhruddin

13. Data challenges limit our global understanding of humanitarian disasters triggered by climate extremes

Miguel D. Mahecha, Debarati Guha-Sapir and Jeroen Smits

14. Adaptive capacity of coupled socio-ecological systems to absorb climate extremes

Anja Rammig, Kirsten Thonicke, Björn Vollan, Karlheinz Erb, Richard Bardgett, Stefan Liehr, Michael Bahn, Sandra Lavorel, Carolina Vera, Carola Paul and Thomas Knoke

15. Impacts of Extreme Events on Medieval Societies: Lesson from Climate History

Martin Bauch

16. Climate Extremes and Conflict Dynamics

Jürgen Scheffran

17. Avoiding impacts and impacts avoided - new frontiers in impact science for adaptation research and policy relevant assessments

Carl-Friedrich Schleussner and Benoit P. Guillod

18. Outlook: From impact modelling to risk reduction and enhanced resilience

Markus Reichstein, Dorothea Frank, Jana Sillmann and Mark Pelling


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About the Editor

Jana Sillmann

Dr Jana Sillmann has a Master’s degree in Geoecology from TU “Bergakademie” Freiberg (Germany) and did her PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (Germany), where she specialized in the statistical analysis of climate extremes in large climate model ensembles. Dr Sillmann is interested in the complex interactions between spheres of the Earth System and studies various factors that can drive changes in climate extremes (e.g., climate variability and anthropogenic factors, such as greenhouse gases and short-lived climate forcers). She strives for interdisciplinary approaches and a better integration of climate and impact modelling efforts in the analysis of climate extremes and associated risks.

Affiliations and Expertise

Center for International Climate Research (CICERO), Oslo, NorwayCenter for International Climate Research (CICERO), Oslo, Norway

Sebastian Sippel

Dr Sebastian Sippel graduated in Geoecology and Environmental Change and Management at the Universities of Bayreuth (2014, M.Sc.) and Oxford (2013, M.Sc.), focusing mainly on environmental physics and statistical applications in environmental sciences. In May 2017 he received his PhD degree carried out jointly at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena and ETH Zurich entitled "An assessment of climate extremes and their impact on ecosystem-atmosphere interactions in model ensembles and observations". The thesis systematically explores the link between climate extremes and ecosystem impacts from both statistical-empirical and process-oriented modeling perspectives, and resulted in several peer-review publications.

Affiliations and Expertise

Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany

Simone Russo

Simone Russo has been a researcher for more than 15 years in the field of applied physics and statistic of extremes. He has a Ph.D in Applied Physics from Galileo Galilei school of the Pisa University (Italy). He has worked as research climatologist at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI, De Bilt, Netherlands), at the Laboratoire de Physique des Océans (University of Brest, France) and at the Joint Research Centre (European Commission, Italy) focusing on modeling climate extremes and relative impacts. Today he is contracted as researcher at the Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (Ispra, Rome, Italy).

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), Rome, Italy

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