NOAA to announce peer-reviewed findings of 2011's global weather conditions and analyze linkages of extreme events to climate change


On Tuesday, July 10, U.S. and United Kingdom scientists will announce two new internationally-produced, peer-reviewed climate studies that examine temperature, precipitation and extreme events experienced around the world in 2011. Both studies will be published Tuesday in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

 The State of the Climate in 2011 report, compiled by 378 scientists from 48 countries around the world, provides a detailed update on global climate indicators, notable weather events and other data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments on land, sea, ice and sky.

A second study looks at six extreme events experienced worldwide last year, including unprecedented flooding in Thailand and heat waves in Texas, and examines linkages (if any) to climate change. The study, Explaining Extreme Events of 2011 from a Climate Perspective, was edited by scientists at NOAA and the U.K. Met Office.


NOAA State of the Climate 2011 media briefing


Tuesday, July 10, 2012, Noon ET


Opening remarks will be provided by Tom Karl, director, NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, followed by editors and contributors of the two studies:

State of the Climate in 2011 report:

  • Jessica Blunden, climatologist, NOAA's National Climatic Data Center
  • Kate Willett, climate scientist, U.K. Met Office
  • Martin Jeffries, Arctic science adviser, U.S. Navy Office of Naval Research & research professor, University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Explaining Extreme Events of 2011 from a Climate Perspective paper:

  • Tom Peterson, climate scientist, NOAA's National Climatic Data Center
  • Peter Stott, climate monitoring and attribution team leader, U.K. Met Office


For webinar & teleconference details, please contact John Ewald at 202-482-3978.

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Posted: July 9, 2012