What is it about?

Climate change is not just about air temperatures. It is also about extreme weather events. In the case of rainfall, climate change has led to us enduring extreme weather events more often. They are more intense, and they go on for longer. But extreme weather events are very different, depending on where you are. Scientists need ways to classify the climate in different parts of the world, in order to better understand how extreme weather events have evolved. Traditional ways of dividing up the world into regions are not that useful, because they are not based on climate. That makes it harder to make predictions or draw conclusions at a regional level. In this project, scientists came up with a new way of classifying regions based on climate and weather information. They came up with 20 categories that cover both their overall climate type, and the effects of climate change.

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Why is it important?

This new approach to climate classification helps show the relationship between extreme rainfall and climate change. It helps scientists predict how a region’s rainfall levels will vary, depending on its climate characteristics. KEY TAKEAWAY: Scientists have a new way of predicting where extreme rainfall is going to happen in the future. This means they can provide early warning to people living in areas at risk.

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This page is a summary of: Evolution of future precipitation extremes: Viewpoint of climate change classification, International Journal of Climatology, August 2021, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1002/joc.7298.
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