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Meteorological Masterclass video presentation now available

The impact of climate change on winter storms

5 October 2020

Many thanks to everyone who joined us last week (30 September) for our second presentation in the Meteorological Masterclass Series - Winter Storms in European Weather and Climate. This series is a partnership between the Royal Meteorological Society and the University of Reading to provide additional training and continuing professional development for professionals who work in Meteorology and Climate Science.

The guest speaker was Len Shaffrey, Professor of Climate Science at the University of Reading and the Theme Leader for Climate and High Impact Weather in the National Centre for Atmospheric Science. His personal research focuses on the impact of climate change and variability on weather extremes such as storms, floods and droughts.

Len’s presentation was on understanding and predicting how winter extratropical winter storms might respond to climate change which is essential for assessing future weather risks and informing climate change adaptation strategies, and covered the following areas:

1. What do observational records tell us about how extratropical storms have varied historically?

2. How do we expect extratropical storms to change in the future? How well do climate models represent extratropical storms and what do the latest climate models projections tell us?

3. What are the remaining knowledge gaps in terms of how extratropical storms might respond to climate change?

For anyone who was not able to join us, or who may want to watch back, you can now view Len’s presentation on our YouTube channel here. We have had lots of great feedback already and we will be accepting questions about the presentation via comms@rmets.org until Thursday 8 October.

The video lasts approx. 1 hour 20mins

If you haven't already, there is still time to register for the next masterclasses in the series:

Wednesday 14 October: Subseasonal predictions for European winter

Robert Lee: University of Reading / NCAS Research Scientist

This webinar is free of charge and will be held from 3pm to 4.30pm with a masterclass presentation followed by the opportunity for questions and discussion with the speaker.

Further events, in-person and online, are anticipated for 2021 when current restrictions may be lifted.

To view the speaker's biography and register, please visit the events page here