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Publication details for Professor Glenn McGregor

McGregor, Glenn (2017). Meteorological risk: extreme temperatures. In Science for disaster risk management 2017: knowing better and losing less. Poljanšek, K., Marin Ferrer, M., De Groeve, T. & Clark, I. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union. 257-270.

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Abstract

Understanding temperature extremes in a DRM context involves getting to know how often temperature extremes occur, the conditions under which they occur and establishing associated direct and indirect societal impacts.
Knowledge about temperature extremes can inform the development of strategies for managing the risk associated with this type of natural event. That temperature extremes do result in disastrous consequences, in
terms of lives lost, is manifest via the observed impacts of a range of extreme temperature events over the
last few decades (Table 3.3). Noteworthy is that all top 10 disasters are related to extreme high as opposed to low temperatures.