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Climate Extremes & Impacts

Extreme climate and weather events, associated disasters, and emergent risks are becoming increasingly critical in the context of global environmental change. They are a potential major threat to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals and one of the most pressing challenges for future human well-being.

Activities & collaborations

CL3.2.6 Climate extremes, biosphere and society: impacts, cascades, feedbacks, and resilience.
CL3.2.7 Climate Change as a Systemic Risk.

More information here for CL3.2.6, CL3.2.7

Earth System Data Lab

… pictures, session reportings available here...

Key publications

Reichstein, M., Riede, F., Frank, D. (2021). More floods, fires and cyclones — plan for domino effects on sustainability goals. Nature, 592, 347-349. doi:10.1038/d41586-021-00927-x.

Bastos, A., Orth, R., Reichstein, M., Ciais, P., Viovy, N., Zaehle, S., Anthoni, P., Arneth, A., Gentine, P., Joetzjer, E., Lienert, S., Loughran, T., McGuire, P. C., O, S., Pongratz, J., Sitch, S. (2021). Vulnerability of European ecosystems to two compound dry and hot summers in 2018 and 2019. Earth System Dynamics, 12(4), 1015-1035. doi:10.5194/esd-12-1015-2021.

Flach, M., Brenning, A., Gans, F., Reichstein, M., Sippel, S., Mahecha, M. D. (2021). Vegetation modulates the impact of climate extremes on gross primary production. Biogeosciences, 18(1), 39-53. doi:10.5194/bg-18-39-2021.

Reichstein, M. et al. (2019). Challenges for societal resilience under climate extremes. In J. Sillmann, S. Sippel, S. Russo (Eds.), Climate extremes and their implications for impact and risk assessment. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Frank, D. et al. (2015). Effects of climate extremes on the terrestrial carbon cycle: concepts, processes and potential future impacts. doi:10.1111/gcb.12916

Reichstein, M., Bahn, M., Ciais, P., Frank, D., Mahecha, M. D., Seneviratne, S. I., Zscheischler, J., Beer, C., Buchmann, N., Frank, D. C., Papale, D., Smith, A. R. P., Thonicke, K., van der Velde, M., Vicca, S., Walz, A., Wattenbach, M. (2013). Climate extremes and the carbon cycle. Nature, 500, 287-295.doi:10.1038/nature12350.

Video statements

Herrenhausen Conference
"Extreme Events - Building Climate Resilient Socities" (Hannover, October 2019)

A natural disaster is like a virus Interview with Debarati Guha-Sapir (Video)

Photo: David Carreno Hansen for Volkswagen Foundation


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