Extreme Weather

Unprecedented summer warmth and flooding, destructive hurricanes, forest fires, drought and torrential rain — extreme weather events are occurring more and more often. Penn State experts look at the causes behind extreme weather, how we can better prepare for these events and the impact on the world around us.

  • Jenni Evans

    Professor of Meteorology

    Earth Science

  • Yvette Richardson

    Professor of Meteorology

    Earth Science

  • Alan Taylor

    Director of Vegetation Dynamics Lab

    Sustainability & Environment, Earth Science

  • Erica Smithwick

    Distinguished Professor of Geography

    Sustainability & Environment, Earth Science

World Meteorological Organization data show that weather-related disasters have increased five-fold over the past 50 years, resulting in more than 2 million deaths and $3.64 trillion in damages. Evidence in the most recent International Panel on Climate Change report suggests that increasing global temperatures will continue to make these events more frequent.

  • From using big data to establish long-term models to pairing hurricane patterns with sounds, Penn State is using a multidisciplinary approach to tackling the increasing threat of hurricanes.
  • Penn State researchers work to better understand extreme weather occurrences in order to better predict, track and establish warning systems for these events.
  • Penn State experts can speak to the impact of climate change on wildfires and how their increasing occurrence is impacting ecosystems and landscapes.
Jenni Evans

Jenni Evans

Professor of Meteorology,
Director for the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences

Expertise:

  • Earth Science

Focus Areas:

Contact Jenni Evans with questions about: The impacts of climate change on tropical cyclones, statistical methodologies for forecasts of tropical cyclones, the relationships between organized convection and tropical cyclone intensity with sea surface temperature, and the implications of these relationships in a warming climate

Yvette Richardson

Yvette Richardson

Professor of Meteorology

Expertise

  • Earth Science

Focus Areas:

Contact Yvette Richardson with questions about: The impacts of climate change on the formation and evolution of severe storms, tornadogenesis, radar observations of tornadic thunderstorms, convective initiation, and numerical modeling.

Alan Taylor

Alan Taylor

Director of Vegetation Dynamics Lab

Expertise:

  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Earth Science

Focus Areas:

Contact Alan Taylor with questions about: landscape ecology, fire ecology, disturbance and climate effects on vegetation and wildfires, biogeography, biological conservation, environmental management and paleoecology.

Erica Smithwick

Erica Smithwick

Distinguished Professor of Geography,
Director of the Center for Landscape Dynamics,
Associate Director of the Institutes of Energy and the Environment

Expertise

  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Earth Science

Focus Areas:

Contact Erica Smithwick with questions about: The impact of climate change on people and environments, and how to address forest sustainability under climate variability.

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