Join Christopher Skinner for a presentation on "Extreme Weather and Climate Change". From heat waves to drought, the fingerprints of global warming are all over recent extreme weather events. But what about hurricanes? Were the historic 2017 and 2020 hurricane seasons a result of climate change? Can we expect more years like these in the future? Will hurricanes be more common in New England? It turns out these are difficult questions to answer. This presentation will discuss why attributing changes in hurricanes to global warming is so challenging, and highlight what steps researchers are taking to better understand this critical connection.
Bio: Christopher Skinner is a climate scientist and assistant professor in the Department of Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is interested in climate change and its impacts on humans and the natural world. His research examines the underlying causes of extreme weather events, including drought, heavy precipitation, and heat waves, with the hope of using insights from this work to help prepare for climate related impacts in the future. Before joining the faculty at UMass Lowell, Chris was a research scientist and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan. He received his PhD in Earth System Science from Stanford University and a BS in Atmospheric Science from Cornell University.