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Conveners: Thomas Corringham and René Garreaud

Atmospheric rivers (ARs) are strong winter storms that impact the west coasts of the world’s major landmasses. They bring social and economic costs in the form of extreme precipitation and flooding. They also bring social and economic benefits by replenishing the water supply in dry areas and dry periods. Since the late 1990s the scientific literature on ARs has expanded significantly, but there has been little research on the social and economic costs and benefits of ARs. The IARC 2022 session on socio-economic impacts of ARs intends to bring together social scientists, economists, disaster management experts, and the AR physical science community to discuss AR impacts and future areas of research. Experts in evaluating the social and economic impacts of extreme weather events more generally are invited to participate and share their research.

For further information, please contact René Garreaud or Anna Wilson.