Is extreme weather linked to global warming?

Back on May 26th, I mentioned that I’d been invited to write 250 words on this topic for an on-line forum. Today Yale Environment 360 posted the results. They make interesting reading.

Here’s the list of the other contributors:

Kevin Trenberth, NCAR

Andrew Watson, University of East Anglia

Roger Pielke, Jr., University of Colorado

Kerry Emanuel, MIT

Judith Curry, Georgia Tech

Laurens Bouwer, Vrije University

Gabriele Hegerl, University of Edinburgh

You can be your own judge, but two things seem clear. First, each contribution was interesting in its own right. Second, the whole was greater than the sum of the parts. The different viewpoints had the feel of an ensemble forecast (a juxtaposition of a number of forecasts, each starting from different, but plausible initial states) of weather. And like that ensemble forecast, this range of opinions and rationales gives even a layperson a better feel for where experts agree, and where issues are in debate. Kudos to Yale Environment 360 for providing material like this!

If you’re interested in commentary and discussion on the eight views, in addition to Yale Environment 360 you might check out Roger Pielke, Jr.’s blog or Judith Curry’s Climate Etc.

Want extra credit? Post your own views, either here or on one of these sites.

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