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Statistical and mathematical tools for the study of climate extremes

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A fall school on climate extremes for graduate students, early career researchers (e.g. postdocs) from academic research institutions and private sector.
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Nov 09, 2015 09:00 AM to Nov 13, 2015 08:00 PM (Europe/Vienna / UTC100)
Cargèse (France)
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Climate extremes, such as storms, floods, droughts, heatwaves and cold spells, are an important part of climate variability, although rare by essence. Their impacts on society and some ecosystems have fostered many research initiatives in the recent years. A few approaches have been proposed to study those events. Such approaches have been based on climate model analyses, statistical descriptions of the climate variables, and (simple) dynamical system analogies. Although there are formal connections between them, the time is ripe to share tools and concepts between communities and provoke the formalization of a new science of atmospheric extreme events (“extremology”).

A flyer can be downloaded from here.


Pascal Yiou, Philippe Naveau, Mathieu Vrac (LSCE), Gabriele Hegerl (U Edimburg), Valerio Lucarini (KlimaCampus Hamburg) and Ted Shepherd (U Reading)


  • Overview on extreme events: heatwaves, droughts, storms, floods, cold spells

  • Theory of extremes in stochastic and deterministic dynamical systems

  • Methodologies: detection/attribution, GEV, GPD, downscaling

  • Atmospheric sciences: atmospheric circulation, storms, blocking, feedbacks, validation of climate models

  • Hands on numerical projects: recent extremes, downscaling

As the school is co-organized by four ERC grantees, and invites two additional ERC laureates, informal discussions on the "ERC experience", with potential candidates will be held. The objective of the school is to provide elements for a new science, as stated by the guidelines of the ERC.

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