Observed variability and trends in extreme climate events: A brief review

David R. Easterling, J. L. Evans, P. Ya Groisman, T. R. Karl, K. E. Kunkel, P. Ambenje

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Variations and trends in extreme climate events have only recently received much attention. Exponentially increasing economic losses, coupled with an increase in deaths due to these events, have focused attention on the possibility that these events are increasing in frequency. One of the major problems in examining the climate record for changes in extremes is a lack of high-quality, long-term data. In some areas of the world increases in extreme events are apparent, while in others there appears to be a decline. Based on this information increased ability to monitor and detect multidecadal variations and trends is critical to begin to detect any observed changes and understand their origins.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)417-425
Number of pages9
JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atmospheric Science


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