Spatial co‐localisation of extreme weather events: a clear and present danger

Dodd, Rosalind J.; Chadwick, David R.; Harris, Ian M.; Hines, Adrian; Hollis, Dan; Economou, Theodoros; Gwynn‐Jones, Dylan; Scullion, John; Robinson, David A. ORCID:; Jones, David L.. 2021 Spatial co‐localisation of extreme weather events: a clear and present danger. Ecology Letters, 24 (1). 60-72.

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Extreme weather events have become a dominant feature of the narrative surrounding changes in global climate with large impacts on ecosystem stability, functioning and resilience; however, understanding of their risk of co‐occurrence at the regional scale is lacking. Based on the UK Met Office’s long‐term temperature and rainfall records, we present the first evidence demonstrating significant increases in the magnitude, direction of change and spatial co‐localisation of extreme weather events since 1961. Combining this new understanding with land‐use data sets allowed us to assess the likely consequences on future agricultural production and conservation priority areas. All land‐uses are impacted by the increasing risk of at least one extreme event and conservation areas were identified as the hotspots of risk for the co‐occurrence of multiple event types. Our findings provide a basis to regionally guide land‐use optimisation, land management practices and regulatory actions preserving ecosystem services against multiple climate threats.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Soils and Land Use (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 1461-023X
Additional Keywords: ecosystem service, extreme weather, land-use
NORA Subject Terms: Meteorology and Climatology
Date made live: 18 Dec 2020 11:35 +0 (UTC)

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