Every year, worldwide wine industry suffers losses of more than ten billion US dollars from damaged assets, production losses, and lost profits due to extreme weather events and natural disasters. Scientists have developed a Global Risk Index for Wine Regions to examine the extent to which regions are affected by the risks and how climate change influences wine industry.
There is a 50-60% chance of an El Niño event forming in middle to late 2017, according to a new Update from the World Meteorological Organization. The emergence of La Niña appears very unlikely, according to the Update, based on contributions from leading centres around the world and expert assessment of the results of climate models.
While research continues to enhance our understanding of natural hazards, uncertainties persist about when these events will occur, their duration and magnitude, and their impact on lives and property. The editors of a new book describe how to characterize uncertainty in natural hazards, the incorporation of uncertainty into modeling, and its contribution to better decision-making.