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Sometimes it’s said that climate change is making extreme weather worse. That’s mostly, but not entirely, true. This talk will look at the role of climate change in making extreme weather like Hurricane Harvey, the 2011 drought, and the February winter weather worse (or better), and how much of a change we can expect in our weather in the future. All of these events had important effects on ecosystems, and changes in frequency and intensity of these extremes will alter the distribution of all sorts of species.
JOHN NIELSEN-GAMMON has been on the faculty at Texas A&M University since 1991. He is currently a Regents Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and also serves as the Texas State Climatologist and the Director of the Southern Regional Climate Center. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving a Ph.D. there in 1990. He does research on various types of extreme weather from droughts to floods, as well as air pollution and computer modeling. As Texas State Climatologist, he helps the State of Texas make the best possible use of weather and climate information, through applied research, outreach, and service on state-level committees. He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society.