Dr. Robert Stone’s Data Citizens: A Distinguished Lecture Series talk “Modeling and Simulation to Reduce the Risks Associated with Extreme Weather” took place on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM.
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It came as no surprise that 2020 surpassed 2017 as the most damaging, dangerous, and expensive year for severe weather. Dr. Atlas began his talk by touching on the societal need to reduce the risks of all the various types of extreme weather, and sharing the sobering statistic that severe weather cost the country $95+ billion dollars in 2020.
Dr. Atlas also gave a brief history of weather/climate modeling, stating the key to advances in weather prediction has been computational efficiency. All improvements, he said, can be linked to the role of advanced computing in helping to create more accurate, higher resolution models. Here is his depiction of the parallels in modeling and computing advancements: