Improving Societal Outcomes of Extreme Weather in a Changing Climate: An Integrated Perspective

  title={Improving Societal Outcomes of Extreme Weather in a Changing Climate: An Integrated Perspective},
  author={Rebecca Morss and Olga V. Wilhelmi and Gerald A. Meehl and Lisa Dilling},
  journal={Annual Review of Environment and Resources},
Despite hazard mitigation efforts and scientific and technological advances, extreme weather events continue to cause substantial losses. The impacts of extreme weather result from complex interactions among physical and human systems across spatial and temporal scales. This article synthesizes current interdisciplinary knowledge about extreme weather, including temperature extremes (heat and cold waves), precipitation extremes (including floods and droughts), and storms and severe weather… 

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