Extreme Events and Environments (EEE)

Extreme Events and Environments (EEE) 

Leading group:

Markus Reichstein, MPI-Biogeochemistry; Dan Yakir, Weizmann Institute; Sebastian Leuzinger, Auckland University of Technology; Paulo Artaxo, University of Sao Paulo; Francesco Loreto, CNR-IPP; Giorgio Alberti, UNIUD

Contact: Tanja Suni, iLEAPS Executive Officer, tanja.suni@helsinki.fi

The environment and society are exposed to great risks caused by extreme events. Extreme events like floods, droughts, wild fires, heat waves, etc. affect different environments and societies in different ways and some are more vulnerable then others. Typical relationships between land-cover and atmosphere can change in extreme conditions such as drought. In addition to temporary climate extremes, also permanently extreme environments exist and studying such ecosystems can provide much needed information about the adaptive capacity of ecosystems and societies.

Preventive measures through adaptation approaches can greatly reduce the potential risk from extreme events. Understanding of extreme climatic events and extreme environments is thus extremely important as it can help improve adaption strategies. EEE aims to facilitate research as well as dialogue among communities working on different aspects of extremes. There is a need for greater efficiency and coordination between these groups in order to understand the causes and potential impact of extreme events.

Upcoming events:

  • Conference session: Extreme Events and Environments, 4th iLEAPS Science Conference on Terrestrial ecosystems, atmosphere and people in the Earth system, 12-16 May 2014, Nanjing, China

Past events:

  • AsiaFlux Conference, “Communicating Science to Society: Coping with climate extremes for resilient ecological-societal systems”, 21-24 August 2013, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
  • Climate Extremes and Biogeochemical Cycles in the Terrestrial Biosphere: Impacts and Feedbacks Across Scales, 2-5 April 2013, Seefeld, Austria
  • Planet under Pressure conference, Life in extreme environments: from knowledge to sustainable exploitation of new resources under growing pressures, 26-29 March 2012, London

iLEAPS will dedicate the next issue of its Newsletter to “Extreme events & environments – links to adaptation”. The Newsletter will be published in a first of half of 2014.