Mudelsee M (2020)

Statistical Analysis of Climate Extremes

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK; xii + 200 pp.

DOI: 10.1017/9781139519441
ISBN 9781107033184 (hardback)
ISBN 9781108791465 (paperback)
ISBN 9781139519441 (epub)
LCCN 2019040870 (print)
LCCN 2019040871 (ebook)

Appeared May 2020

The risks posed by climate change and its effect on climate extremes are an increasingly pressing societal problem. This book provides an accessible overview of the statistical analysis methods that can be used to investigate climate extremes and analyze potential risk. The statistical analysis methods are illustrated with case studies on extremes in the three major climate variables: temperature, precipitation, and wind speed. The book also provides datasets and access to appropriate analysis software, allowing the reader to replicate the case-study calculations. Providing the necessary tools to analyze climate risk, this book is invaluable for students and researchers working in the climate sciences, as well as risk analysts interested in climate extremes.

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" As I write this – with fires raging across Australia, floods submerging the capital of Indonesia, and tornados having recently devastated parts of the southern United States – it is difficult to imagine a more timely and relevant book. In this accessible and comprehensive introduction to the tools and methods of analyzing extreme climate and weather events, Mudelsee equips researchers with the knowledge they will need to understand such data. Scientific advisors to politicians and governments will find it an invaluable resource as the world's climate continues to change." (David J. Hand, Imperial College London, UK)

" This is a very important and timely book. With global warming our society is increasingly challenged by the risks associated with weather and climate extremes. In times of ever-growing amounts of data, it is essential to provide accessible knowledge and guidance on how to analyze extreme events under climate change in the presences of various sources of uncertainty and complexity. Mudelsee's book is an exceptional contribution to educate students, teachers and scientists working on the interface of climate sciences, statistics and risk analysis. Last but not least, the book serves as an excellent educational resource as it provides exercises and reading material for different kinds of applications and extreme events, such as heatwaves, floods, droughts and storms, and information on data and software." (Jana Sillmann, CICERO Center for International Climate Research, Oslo, Norway)

"... an excellent textbook for upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level university courses, targeted toward students interested in the extreme weather aspects of climate change, as well as their impacts. It is also useful to those professionals who want to apply rigorous statistical methods to real-world climate change issues. Practical examples illustrate useful methods for describing climate and weather extremes, as well as the author's personal viewpoints on the subject. The textbook is accessible to readers with an introductory statistics background and clearly explains the utility of statistical modeling of climate and weather extremes." (Michael F. Wehner, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)

Supplementary Material: Datasets

See Mudelsee (2020: Section F.1 therein) for explanation.

Supplementary Material: Software

See Mudelsee (2020: Section F.2 therein) for explanation.

Supplementary Material: Solutions to Exercises

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Training Courses

Mudelsee offers via his company Climate Risk Analysis courses for students, teachers, researchers and risk analysts. Also online courses are in development. The course for this textbook is currently being designed. The courses will be announced on the company's website and in various newsgroups. Please contact Mudelsee for individual arrangements.

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