Wednesday, September 6, 7:00am - 8:00am
Room 601, Nedderman Hall,
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How Weather Extremes Would Affect Everyday Life in DFW


Arne Winguth, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Earth and Environmental Sciences
U
T Arlington

 

On October 29th of 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit the northeast U.S. coastline, pushing a surge of water measuring almost 14 feet high onto New York City. Streets, subways, tunnels are flooded. In a four-state area, some 100,000 businesses and homes lose electric power and more than 60 deaths are reported. Damage in the 24 states affected by the storm totaled around $71 billion. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said, "There is a wakeup call here, and that is climate change and our vulnerability to it."


While it's difficult to imagine a storm of that proportion hitting North Texas, a study by UT Arlington researchers concludes that there's a high likelihood that extreme storms and higher precipitation will lead to widespread damage in the Dallas-Fort Worth region by the end of the 21st century. Climate prediction data also suggest extreme temperatures of up to 125 degrees and an increase in the length and severity of droughts in the region.


Today, both the causes and the effects of climate change are clearer. However, the connection between global warming and extreme weather, though well established in computer models, remains difficult to demonstrate to a sometimes-doubting public.

In this presentation, Dr. Winguth describes his study and what will be necessary to determine risks and impacts for individual facilities, identify potential mitigation strategies, and set action priorities.

 

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