Richard Smith on 100-year-floods

When 100-year-floods aren't once every 100 years...

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Richard Smith on 100-year-floods

Show Notes

Some rare weather events, like the 100-year-flood, are confusingly named. This is because 100 years refers to a statistical probability and not a guaranteed rate. That, combined with our changing climate, means predicting future weather events can be difficult. Thankfully, we have statistical tools to help us with this problem!

Sadie and Ian speak with Richard Smith about climate change, rare weather events, and how climate modeling works.

Find our transcript here: LINK

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Learn about the topics covered in IMSI’s fall program, Confronting Global Climate Change:

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Thanks to the Texas Tribune for their reporting on the 2021 winter storm and Hurricane Harvey. Specifically,

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This episode was audio engineered by Tyler Damme.

Music by Blue Dot Sessions.