Extreme Weather and Climate: Adaptation in a Changing World
September 23 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Meeting the shock and awe of extreme floods, droughts, storms, and fires from California and the Mississippi to Venice and the Caribbean calls for plans and action. As the planet faces changes in climate and increased extreme weather events, adaptation is higher than ever before on the global agenda.
As these events unfold, scientists and policy makers alike are challenged with making choices about disaster risk reduction and securing opportunities for long-term sustainability. Countries, communities, and businesses are demanding access to authoritative, usable scientific and risk-assessment information for making both immediate and long-term decisions in the face of changing weather and climate trends and extremes.
Roger S. Pulwarty, the senior scientist in the physical sciences division at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory, brings his research, practice and perspectives to address these issues. What are the ongoing and projected risks? What can we learn from significant weather events across the globe? What are the options, challenges, and opportunities for adapting to, and through, changing climates? What information can be shared regionally and locally to support smart practices and decision-making? What is needed to successfully manage climate-related risk across economies, ecosystems, and communities?
This is a presentation of the Smithsonian Institution’s Inside Science series.