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Extreme weather in a changing climate [comment]


Di Capua,  Giorgia
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research;


Rahmstorf,  Stefan
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research;

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Di Capua, G., Rahmstorf, S. (2023): Extreme weather in a changing climate [comment]. - Environmental Research Letters, 18, 102001.

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Extreme weather events are rising at a pace which exceeds expectations based on thermodynamic arguments only, changing the way we perceive our climate system and climate change issues. Every year, heatwaves, floods and wildfires, bring death and devastation worldwide, increasing the evidence about the role of anthropogenic climate change in the increase of extremes. In this viewpoint article, we summarize some of the most recent extremes and put them in the context of the most recent research on atmospheric and climate sciences, especially focusing on changes in thermodynamics and dynamics of the atmosphere. While some changes in extremes are to be expected and are clearly attributable to rising greenhouse gas emissions, other seem counterintuitive, highlighting the need for further research in the field. In this context, research on changes in atmospheric dynamics plays a crucial role in explaining some of these extremes and more needs to be done to improve our understanding of the physical mechanisms involved.