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3rd CLIMACT Seminar Series - Episode #1


Oct 3, 2022


10:00 - 11:15

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3rd CLIMACT Seminar Series - Episode #1

Changes in Climate Extremes: Why every year matters

Throughout this new series of seminars, CLIMACT and its guest speakers will explore solutions to transform society to fight climate change, adapt and mitigate further impacts.

To launch the first seminar of the season, CLIMACT is welcoming Sonia Seneviratne, Prof. at ETHZ, coordinating lead author of the 6th assessment report of the IPCC (2018-2021), and expert in climate extremes and land-climate interactions.

The topic of her presentation: "Changes in Climate Extremes: Why every year matters"

This presentation will provide an overview of the main conclusions of the 6th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR6), with a focus on changes in climate extremes. For the first time, a full chapter of an IPCC assessment report was dedicated to the topic of weather and climate extremes (Seneviratne et al. 2021).

The newest evidence shows that changes in extremes are observed in all regions of the world, and that human influence strongly contributed to observed trends. With every increment of global warming, changes in extremes become larger, with important implications for changes in heatwaves, heavy precipitation, droughts, and tropical cyclones depending on the region. The evidence on observed and projected changes in droughts and heatwaves has particularly strengthened in recent years. All regions are projected to be affected by multiple changes in climate extremes and other climatic impact drivers with increasing global warming, in particular at 2°C of global warming and above.

Limiting global warming to close to 1.5°C, as set as aim in the 2015 Paris Agreement, would be critical to avoid impactful increase in climate extremes, and would require immediate decreases in greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel burning. The latest evidence suggests that the first needed steps can be achieved but need immediate political action.

This session is exceptionally held in a hybrid format (online and on site) in room Amphipôle 340.1 on the UNIL campus, from 12h00 to 13h15.

Unfortunately, the registration is now closed, the maximum number of participants has been reached. You are warmly invited to follow the seminar online:

Prof. Sonia Seneviratne

ETHZ Dep. of Environmental Systems Science

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