Summary of a workshop on extreme weather events in a warming world organized by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Deliang Chen, Henning Rodhe, Kerry Emanuel, Sonia I. Seneviratne, Panmao Zhai, Bert Allard, Peter Berg, Svante Björck, Ian A. Brown, Lars Bärring, Léon Chafik, Kaiqiang Deng, Marie-Jose Gaillard-Lemdahl, Magnus Hieronymus, Erik Kjellström, Hans W. Linderholm, Wilhelm May, Jens-Ove Näslund, Tinghai Ou, Anna Rutgersson, Erik Sahlee, Frederik Schenk, Jesper Sjolte, Moa K. Sporre, Anders Stigebrandt, Gesa A. Weyhenmeyer, Peng Zhang & Qiong Zhang


Climate change is not only about changes in means of climatic variables such as temperature, precipitation and wind, but also their extreme values which are of critical importance to human society and ecosystems. To inspire the Swedish climate research community and to promote assessments of international research on past and future changes in extreme weather events against the global climate change background, the Earth Science Class of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences organized a workshop entitled ‘Extreme weather events in a warming world’ in 2019. This article summarizes and synthesizes the key points from the presentations and discussions of the workshop on changes in floods, droughts, heat waves, as well as on tropical cyclones and extratropical storms. In addition to reviewing past achievements in these research fields and identifying research gaps with a focus on Sweden, future challenges and opportunities for the Swedish climate research community are highlighted.

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