Title

Extreme Weather and the Arctic Meltdown: How Are They Connected?

Start Date

2-10-2018 4:00 PM

End Date

2-10-2018 5:00 PM

Abstract

Does it seem as though the weather gods have gone crazy lately? It is not your imagination. The question on everyone's minds is why? And is it related to climate change? In this presentation, Dr. Francis will explain new research that links increasing extreme weather events with the rapidly warming and melting Arctic during recent decades. Evidence suggests that Arctic warming is causing weather patterns to become more persistent, which can lead to extremes such as droughts, cold spells, heat waves, snowy winters, and some flooding events.

Biography

Jennifer Francis earned a B.S. in Meteorology from San Jose State University in 1988 and a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington in 1994. As a professor at Rutgers University since 1994, she has taught courses in satellite remote sensing and climatechange issues, and also co-founded and codirected the Rutgers Climate and Environmental Change Initiative. Presently she is a Research Professor with the Rutgers University Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences where she studies connections between climate change and extreme weather.

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0000-0002-7358-9296

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Extreme Weather and the Arctic Meltdown: How Are They Connected?

Does it seem as though the weather gods have gone crazy lately? It is not your imagination. The question on everyone's minds is why? And is it related to climate change? In this presentation, Dr. Francis will explain new research that links increasing extreme weather events with the rapidly warming and melting Arctic during recent decades. Evidence suggests that Arctic warming is causing weather patterns to become more persistent, which can lead to extremes such as droughts, cold spells, heat waves, snowy winters, and some flooding events.