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New Initiative to Focus on Climate and Extreme Weather

Adam Sobel
Adam Sobel

Superstorm Sandy expert Adam Sobel is getting ready to launch a new initiative on extreme weather, thanks to a €250,000, two-year AXA Award in Climate and Extreme Weather he has just received from the AXA Research Fund. He and colleagues from Columbia Engineering, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and several other schools and groups at Columbia will use the award to study the local dynamics and global patterns of extreme precipitation and other extreme weather events.

Sobel said the initiative “will take advantage of the broad expertise that already exists across the university in both the science of extreme weather events—like hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, droughts, and heat waves—and their relation to climate. It will also explore both the societal impacts of these events and possible engineering solutions.”

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