Whenever an extreme weather event occurs, the media, public and policymakers alike often ask – to what extent was this influenced by climate change? For a few years now the scientific community has been able to answer that question for relatively simple extremes: hot and cold extremes, extreme precipitation and drought, and many projects like the World Weather Attribution initiative based at Oxford, are helping to provide robust assessments on the role of climate change in the aftermath of the event.
But how do we actually work this out, and what do we know about the impact now, and potentially impacts in the future?
Here to tell us more is Nick Leach, a PhD student at Oxford studying the attribution of extreme weather events.
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