Climate Change and Extreme Events: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

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David Legates is a climatologist who specializes in hydroclimatology (water), statistical methods, climate change, and environmental education. He is director of the Delaware Environmental Observing System at the University of Delaware. He is an associate professor in the Department of Geography and an adjunct professor in the Physical Ocean Science and Engineering Program and the Department of Statistics. He also serves as Delaware State Climatologist. His research focuses on precipitation—its measurement, analysis, and assessment of extreme events—as well as statistical evaluation of climatological methodologies. He has earned the certified consulting meteorologist status from the American Meteorological Society and in 1999 was awarded the Boeing Autometric Award for best paper in image analysis and interpretation. Legates has published more than 100 articles in refereed journals, conference proceedings, and monograph series and has made more than 200 professional presentations.

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