Week 2 readings


Wed., Jan. 17

Assigned readings

As before, you are encouraged to use Zotero to manage your references (Zotero has great tools for highlighting and annotating PDFs, among other cool features. It’s also open source so your annotations aren’t locked into a proprietary system).

  • Seneviratne et al. (2021):
    • Read the Executive Summary
    • Read the Introduction (section 11.1)
    • Read the Data and Methods (section 11.2)
    • Read one additional subsection (11.3, 11.4, …, or 11.8)
    • If you’re adding this to Zotero, you may find the IPCC-Bibtex project helpful.
  • Read all of Lall et al. (2018) (pp. 147-157)
  • As you’re reading along, please post any questions you have (clarification, topics you didn’t follow, etc.) to Canvas discussions.
  • Prepare a two minute summary of key points from the “one additional subsection” that you read from Seneviratne et al. (2021). Be prepared to share your summary with the class.
  • Be prepared to answer basic questions from the readings (focus on the executive summaries)

Discussion questions

  • Think about one impact of climate change you were surprised to learn about and one hazard that is less of a concern than you thought it was.
  • What are some of the challenges of using climate models to predict future climate? What are some of the challenges of using climate models to predict future impacts of climate change?
  • What are some of the challenges of using observations to understand future climate? What are some of the challenges of using models to understand future impacts of climate change?


Lall, U., Johnson, T., Colohan, P., Aghakouchak, A., Arumugam, S., Brown, C., et al. (2018). Chapter 3: Water. In D. R. Reidmiller, D. R. Easterling, K. E. Kunkel, K. L. M. Lewis, T. K. Maycock, & B. C. Stewart, Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: The Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Global Change Research Program. https://doi.org/10.7930/NCA4.2018.CH3
Seneviratne, S. I., Zhang, X., Adnan, M., Badi, W., Dereczynski, C., Di Luca, A., et al. (2021). Weather and climate extreme events in a changing climate. In V. Masson-Delmotte, P. Zhai, A. Pirani, S. L. Connors, C. Péan, S. Berger, et al. (Eds.), Climate change 2021: The physical science basis. Contribution of working group I to the sixth assessment report of the intergovernmental panel on climate change. Book section, Cambridge, UK; New York, NY, USA: Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009157896.013