Regional hotspots of temperature extremes under 1.5 degrees C and 2 degrees C of global mean warming
Sophie C Lewis, Andrew D King, Sarah E Perkins-Kirkpatrick, Daniel M Mitchell
WEATHER AND CLIMATE EXTREMES | ELSEVIER | Published : 2019
Local- and regional-scale heat extremes can increase at a significantly greater rate than global mean changes, presenting challenges for human health, infrastructure, industry and ecosystems. We examine changes in regional absolute temperature extremes for a suite of global regions under 1.5 °C and 2 °C of warming above pre-industrial levels, as described by the Paris Agreement. We focus on area-average values of observed monthly averages of daily maximum and minimum temperatures in 12 regions and calculate the most extreme monthly records observed. Next, using a large ensemble (HAPPI; Half a Degree Additional warming, Prognosis, and Projected Impacts) of decade-long simulations both of the ..View full abstract
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We acknowledge the support of the NCI facility in Australia. S.C.L is funded through the Australian Research Council (DE160100092). S.E. P.-K. is funded through the Australian Research Council (FT170100106). A.D.K. is funded through the Australian Research Council (DE180100638). DMM is funded by a NERC fellowship (NE/N014057/1).