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Elusive extremes

Extreme climate events can cause widespread damage and have been projected to become more frequent as the world warms. Yet as discussed at an interdisciplinary workshop, it is often not clear which extremes matter the most, and how and why they are changing.

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Figure 1: Caused by the heatwave and drought period in summer 2003, deciduous trees suffered extraordinary leaf damage in large parts of central Europe.



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Hegerl, G., Hanlon, H. & Beierkuhnlein, C. Elusive extremes. Nature Geosci 4, 142–143 (2011).

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