Weather and Climate Extremes

Changes, Variations and a Perspective from the Insurance Industry

  • Editors
  • Thomas R. Karl
  • Neville Nicholls
  • Anver Ghazi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Overview

    1. Thomas Karl
      Pages 1-2
  3. Summary

  4. Editorials

  5. Climate Extremes and the Insurance Industry

    1. Franklin W. Nutter
      Pages 45-49
    2. Stanley A. Changnon, E. Ray Fosse, Eugene L. Lecomte
      Pages 51-67
    3. Brian D. Skinner, David Changnon, Michael B. Richman, Peter J. Lamb
      Pages 69-87
  6. Observed Changes in Extremes

    1. Christopher W. Landsea, Roger A. Pielke Jr., Alberto M. Mestas-Nuñez, John A. Knaff
      Pages 89-129
    2. P. D. Jones, E. B. Horton, C. K. Folland, M. Hulme, D. E. Parker, T. A. Basnett
      Pages 131-149
    3. R. Heino, R. Brázdil, E. Førland, H. Tuomenvirta, H. Alexandersson, M. Beniston et al.
      Pages 151-181
    4. Neil Plummer, M. James Salinger, Neville Nicholls, Ramasamy Suppiah, Kevin J. Hennessy, Robert M. Leighton et al.
      Pages 183-202
    5. Panmao Zhai, Anjian Sun, Fumin Ren, Xiaonin Liu, Bo Gao, Qiang Zhang
      Pages 203-218
    6. G. Gruza, E. Rankova, V. Razuvaev, O. Bulygina
      Pages 219-242
    7. Pavel YA. Groisman, Thomas R. Karl, David R. Easterling, Richard W. Knight, Paul F. Jamason, Kevin J. Hennessy et al.
      Pages 243-283
    8. David R. Easterling, Henry F. Diaz, Arthur V. Douglas, William D. Hogg, Kenneth E. Kunkel, Jeffry C. Rogers et al.
      Pages 285-308
    9. Thomas R. Karl, David R. Easterling
      Pages 309-325
  7. Some Critical Aspects of Extreme Events

About this book


Are extreme weather events becoming more common? How do extreme weather events impact society? These are critical questions that must be examined as we confront the possibility that the world will experience a change in climate over the next century. Much of the research in climatology over the past decade has focused on potential changes in long- term averages of temperature, precipitation and other factors. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that changes in average values will be accompanied by changes in extreme events. Furthermore, extreme weather events will impact society to a greater extent as people around the world continue to locate in more hazard-prone areas such as coastal zones. This book represents a major step forwards in developing a comprehensive set of information about changes in extreme events by providing a review of the problems in data availability, quality and analysis that make deriving a clear picture of world-wide changes in extreme events so difficult.
Audience: The book is intended for policy-makers, professionals, graduate students and others interested in learning how extreme weather events have changed, and how they impact society both now and in the future.


Climatology Precipitation Storm Weather climate change temperature

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5223-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9265-9
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