(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Climate extremes in the United States : recent research by physical geographers

published at : Physical geography : interactions with and implications for humanity

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

RECHTLESS D. (1) ; FREY N. (1) ; WANG C. (1) ; HUNG L.-S. (1) ; YARNAL B. (1) ;
(1) Dept. of Geography, the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, ETATS-UNIS


This paper reports a review of research on domestic climate extremes conducted by US physical geographers over the past 15 years. Sections cover extremes in wind, precipitation, lightning, and temperature, as well as derivative climate extremes (droughts, floods, and storm surges). Themes considered include : the spatial and temporal distribution of the climate extreme; its implications for the understanding of the physical processes that produce it; the spatial and temporal distributions of the extreme's economic and human costs; lessons for assessment, policy, and management; and scale. The AA. conclude that most of the works reviewed inadequately address the human basis of vulnerability to climate extremes, and encourage physical geographers to work with colleagues from the other subfields of geography and the social sciences to develop the holistic understanding of vulnerability needed to effectively adapt to the more extreme climate projected under climate change


Thematical fascicle

published at : Physical geography / ISSN 0272-3646

Editor : Taylor & Francis, Abingdon - ROYAUME-UNI (1980)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 35, no 1 [pp. 3-21]

Bibliographic references : 6 p.

Collation : fig., tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 20106

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