Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 12:00pm
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HUCE Seminar Room 440, 26 Oxford St., 4th floor, Cambridge

Harvard Climate Seminar

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences present "Climate Extremes at 1.5°C vs 2°C Global Warming: The IPCC SR15 report and underlying evidence" with Sonia Seneviratne, Professor, ETH Zurich.

Abstract: In this presentation, I will provide an overview on changes in climate extremes at 1.5°C vs 2°C global warming, as assessed in the recent IPCC special report on 1.5°C global warming ( In particular, I will address the differences in climate extremes that can be distinguished at these two warming levels, as well as associated impacts. Some impacts are irreversible when reaching a 2°C global warming, highlighting the importance of avoiding a possible overshoot in emissions trajectories towards this limit. I will also highlight how changes in extremes can be related to mean global warming, why regional hot extremes warm more than the global mean temperature and the role of land processes and land use changes in these projections.

Contact Name: 

Sabinna Cappo

Research Areas: 

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

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