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Communicating the link between climate change and extreme rain events

Extreme rainfall events are often linked to climate change based on simple thermodynamic arguments, but complex dynamic processes also play a role. Scientists have a responsibility to ensure they provide accurate information to the media and public.

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Fig. 1: Considerations for statements to the media and public regarding the influence of climate change on an extreme rainfall event.


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A.D.K. and K.J.R. acknowledge support from the Australian Research Council (DE180100638). All authors acknowledge support from the Australian Research Council (CE170100023). A.D.K. acknowledges the Australian Government National Environmental Science Program.

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King, A.D., Reid, K.J. & Saunders, K.R. Communicating the link between climate change and extreme rain events. Nat. Geosci. 16, 552–554 (2023).

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