Climate Assessment Resources

Climate-related extreme events require explanations that are both timely and of scientific merit. Objective assessment of the nature and causes of extreme events is scientifically challenging, and the complexity of physical processes inevitably requires the use of climate models to test and quantify cause-effect linkages. The talking points often used are that a certain forcing factor (e.g., human-induced greenhouse gas forcing) influenced an event, but that begs the basic question of the magnitude and sign of such influences.

One key factor to an objective assessment of extreme weather/climate events is data availability, both observational data and model simulations that address the unique environment of a climate-related extreme event under consideration. This server is intended especially for the purpose of real-time assessments of extreme weather/climate events and enabling the broader scientific community and other users of climate information to assess evolving climate conditions and extremes.