Preparing for a new world of weather and climate extremes
MIT Faculty and Researchers
Climate change is intensifying extreme weather and climate events, such as the unprecedented heatwave in western North America in 2021 and rainfall from Hurricane Harvey in 2017. These devastating events are becoming more intense globally, but we do not adequately know the changing risks for specific regions or the risk of exceeding dangerous tipping points. Our grand challenge will address these key gaps in knowledge through improvements in the science and prediction of extremes. We will furthermore build a scalable toolkit, initially focused on cities in the United States and Africa, for communities and stakeholders to prepare and adapt. We will examine how extreme weather affects the wider use of wind, solar, and hydroelectric energy that is needed to limit future greenhouse gas emissions. Our team brings together experts in climate science, engineering, design, and machine learning at MIT with external partners to make the greatest impact on communities, policy, and industry.