Resources and Publications

WCRP Documents

 GDEWS Questionnaire Questionnaire to assess the regional needs for a GDEWS (Global Drought Early Warning System). We would invite anyone to participate in the survey - please forward any completed questionnaires to Catherine Beswick.

WCRP Drought Workshop Report on the WCRP Workshop on Drought Predictability and Prediction in a Changing Climate, 2-4 March 2011, Barcelona, Spain.

 WCRP White Paper on ‘Drought Predictability and Prediction in a Changing Climate: Assessing Current Capabilities, User Requirements, and Research Priorities’.

 Climate Extremes - What should WCRP be doing? Report presented to the 28th Session of the WCRP Joint Scientific Commmittee (JSC), 26-30 March 2007, Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Climate Extremes Cross Cut - Annual Progress Report. Report presented to the 29th Session of WCRP JSC, 31 March - 4 April 2008, Arcachon, France.

White Paper on VAMOS and Extremes.

GEWEX CEOP Implementation Plan.

WCRP Presentations

Climate Extremes - Summary of proposals to date. Presentation by Howard Cattle to the 29th Session of WCRP JSC, 31 March - 4 April 2008.

WCRP EXTREMES AT GEWEX SSG 2009. Presentation by Ronald Stewart to the 21st Session of the GEWEX SSG, 19-23 January 2009.

Extremes. Presentation by Peter van Oevelen et al. to the 30th Session of WCRP JSC, 6-9 April 2009.

Addressing Extremes in the Context of Climate Change: A GEWEX and CLIVAR Coordinated Approach on Droughts. Poster by Peter van Oevelen et al., EGU April 2009.

Other Relevant Publications and articles

Guidelines on Analysis of extremes in a changing climate in support of informed decisions for adaptation. A. M.G. Klein Tank, F. W. Zwiers and X. Zhang, 2009, Climate Data and Monitoring WCDMP-No. 72, WMO-TD No. 1500, 56pp.

Atlantic Forcing of Persistent Drought in West Africa. T. M. Shanahan, J. T. Overpeck, K. J. Anchukaitis, J. W. Beck, J. E. Cole, D. L. Dettman, J. A. Peck, C. A. Scholz, and J. W. King, Science, 17, 377-380, April 2009. Severe droughts, lasting from decades to centuries, have occurred repeatedly in West Africa during the past 3000 years.

Natural Hazard Center's Natural Hazard Observer: Focus on climate change and drought. University of Colorado, May 2009.

Extreme Events: Conclusions from the 15th 'Aha Hulko'a Hawaiian Winter Workshop held in January 2007. C. Garrett and P. Müller, BAMS, 89, 1733, DOI:10.1175/2008BAMS2566.1, 2008. (Supplementary Material)

Managing Large-Scale Risks in a New Era of Catastrophes. The Wharton Risk Management Centre (download the executive summary here).

International Journal of Climatology special issue: Climate Extremes - progress and future directions. Volume 29 Issue 3 , Pages 317 - 459 (15 March 2009).

Climate extremes: progress and future directions. Lisa V. Alexander, Nigel Tapper, Xuebin Zhang, Hayley J. Fowler, Claudia Tebaldi, Amanda Lynch
DOI: 10.1002/joc.1861.

The influences of data precision on the calculation of temperature percentile indices. Xuebin Zhang, Francis W. Zwiers, Gabriele Hegerl
DOI: 10.1002/joc.1738.

Variability of extreme temperature and precipitation in Iran during recent decades. Fatemeh Rahimzadeh, Ahmad Asgari, Ebrahim Fattahi
DOI: 10.1002/joc.1739.

A spatial analysis of extreme hourly precipitation patterns in India. Shouraseni Sen Roy DOI: 10.1002/joc.1763.

Fluctuations in autumn-winter severe storms over the British Isles: 1920 to present. Rob Allan, Simon Tett, Lisa Alexander DOI: 10.1002/joc.1765.

Multi-indices analysis of southern Scandinavian storminess 1780-2005 and links to interdecadal variations in the NW Europe-North Sea region.
Lars Bärring, Krzysztof Fortuniak DOI: 10.1002/joc.1842.

Multi-model ensemble estimates of climate change impacts on UK seasonal precipitation extremes. H. J. Fowler, M. Ekström DOI: 10.1002/joc.1827.

Assessing trends in observed and modelled climate extremes over Australia in relation to future projections. Lisa V. Alexander, Julie M. Arblaster DOI: 10.1002/joc.1730.

The return period of wind storms over Europe. Paul M. Della-Marta, Hubert Mathis, Christoph Frei, Mark A. Liniger, Jan Kleinn, Christof Appenzeller DOI: 10.1002/joc.1794