Preface: Understanding dynamics and current developments of climate extremes in the Mediterranean region



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García Herrera, Ricardo and Lionello, P. and Ulbrich, U. (2014) Preface: Understanding dynamics and current developments of climate extremes in the Mediterranean region. Natural hazards and earth system sciences, 14 (2). pp. 309-316. ISSN 1561-8633

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There is an increasing interest of scientists on climate extremes. A progressively larger number of papers dealing with climate issues have been produced in the past 15 yr, and those dealing with extremes have increased at an even faster pace. The number of papers on extremes in the Mediterranean follows this overall trend and confirms how extremes are perceived to be important by the scientific community and by society. This special issue (which is mainly related to activities of the MedCLIVAR (Mediterranean CLImate VARiability and Predictability) and CIRCE (Climate Change and Impact Research: the Mediterranean Environment) projects), contains thirteen papers that are representative of current research on extremes in the Mediterranean region. Five have precipitation as its main target, four temperature (one paper addresses both variables), and two droughts; the remaining papers consider sea level, winds and impacts on society. Results are quite clear concerning climate evolution toward progressively hotter temperature extremes, but more controversial for precipitation, though in the published literature there are indications for a future increasing intensity of hydrological extremes (intense precipitation events and droughts). Scenario simulations suggest an attenuation of extreme storms, winds, waves and surges, but more results are requested for confirming this future change.

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© Author(s) 2014. CC Attribution 3.0 License. The proposal for this special issue has been initiated within the CIRCE (EU-fp6 project, contract number 036961) and supported by the MedCLIVAR network (

Uncontrolled Keywords:Temperature extremes; North-Atlantic; Trends; Precipitation; Events; Patterns; Variability; Cyclones; Moisture; Regimes
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Astrophysics
Sciences > Physics > Astronomy
ID Code:34436
Deposited On:24 Nov 2015 15:26
Last Modified:10 Dec 2018 15:05

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