Webinars: Climate Conversations

Attribution of Extreme Weather Events

According to the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), in 2013, there were 7 weather and climate disaster events, killing 109 people and resulting in losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States.

In this webinar, recorded March 5, 2014, two guest experts  from the National Oceanic  Atmospheric Association discuss how scientists study extreme weather. They also explore the relationship between extreme weather events and climate change and how scientists determine whether extreme weather is an isolated incident or a trend.

Featured Speakers

  • Martin Hoerling

    Dr. Martin Hoerling, Ph.D.
    NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory
    is a research meteorologist, specializing in climate dynamics, in NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory located in Boulder, Colorado. He is the Convening Lead Author for the US Climate Change Science Plan Synthesis and Assessment Report released in 2009. Dr. Hoerling is Chairman of the US Climate Variability research program. He served as Editor for the American Meteorological Society's Journal of Climate, and has published over 50 scientific papers dealing with climate variability and change.

  • Stephanie Herring

    Dr. Stephanie Herring, Ph.D.
    NOAA Climatic Monitoring Division
    As NOAA's Liaison to the National Climate Assessment, Dr. Stephanie Herring works in NOAA's Climatic Monitoring Division (see in Resources below.) Dr. Herring and Dr. Hoerling collaborated on the Explaining Extreme Events of 2012 From a Climate Perspective report, which resulted in their inclusion on Foreign Policy magazine's Top 100 Global Thinkers list.


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Visit this list of links and resources mentioned during the webinar, including links to NOAA Fact Sheets, “Energy Wedges,” and lessons for educators. Check out the report Extreme Weather Events From a Climate Perspective, which was co-authored by Dr. Herring and Dr. Hoerling.

Our Sponsors

The Climate Conservations webinar series was co-funded by Learn More About Climate, a program of the University of Colorado Boulder Office for University Outreach, and by the NASA-funded Inspiring Climate Education Excellence (ICEE) project.

Special thanks

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration