The objective of the symposium is connect researchers examining extreme climate events and improve the ability of attendees to quantify/analyze extreme climate events in their respective areas of research. The symposium will connect leading experts on extreme climate events in ecological research and include presentations of researchers currently exploring these themes in their work.

General Information

The symposium will be held on Feb 19, 2020 at York University. Stedman Lecture Hall B


Climate extremes, such as extended drought, heavy rainfall leading to flooding, and severe frost events, are predicted to increase in magnitude, duration, and frequency (IPCC 2014). Climate extremes affect ecosystems globally on an annual basis (Du et al. 2018; Zhang et al. 2013 and are expected to be more impactful driver of community assembly than gradual shifts in climate (Jentsch, Kreyling & Beierkuhnlein 2007; Smith 2011). Extreme climate events (ECE) are defined as a period where climate conditions surpass a threshold value from those previously observed (e.g. the 90th percentile) that elicit an extreme ecological response (Smith 2011). However, not all climate extremes result in ECEs.Given the forecast of intensified climate extremes, there is a need to understand when extreme climate conditions result in extreme ecological responses and under which circumstances they do not, as ECE events should result in long-lasting impacts on ecosystems (Smith 2011). Our ability to effectively predict the effects of climate change requires examining large-scale and long-term datasets to generate to tools necessary for improving our understanding of ECEs.


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Dr. Alessandro Filazzola

University of Alberta & York University

Alessandro is part of the organizing committee and the person to contact for any questions! His email can be found here