Extreme Weather and Climate Change: What We Know and What We Can Do

THU, SEP 14, 2017 (1:13:53)

Extreme weather events have wrought havoc across New England and the nation over the last decade or longer. Record-breaking events will always occur, but the time between these events should increase. As climate change occurs, records are getting broken in record time!

There are three truths that climate science tells us about what we can expect from climate change:

  • Small changes in an average value have bigger effects
  • Our carbon dioxide emissions has embedded a certain amount of change into the climate system
  • If we don’t account for our changing climate, our plans and designs will be wrong.

In this presentation, Dr. Ellen Marie Douglas discusses observations of our changing climate, what changes may be in Boston’s future and some plans for how to adapt to these changes.

Photo: NOAA Satellites (Hurricane Harvey on August 26, 2017) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

+ BIO: Dr. Ellen Marie Douglas

Dr. Douglas is an expert in sea level rise hydrodynamics, water resources and climate change modeling, and hydrodynamic modeling. She is also the graduate program director in Environmental Sciences and Marine Science & Technology.

Follow the Douglas' Research Group's work on the Team Hydro blog.

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