An ERC Starting Grant on compound Climate Extremes in North America and Europe

The right time for a Breakthrough

Different climate extremes can interact and result in compound extremes with a larger socio-economic impact than the sum of their individual components. In CENÆ (compound Climate Extremes in North America and Europe: from dynamics to predictability) my research group and I aim to provide a breakthrough in our understanding of the drivers and predictability of compound climate extremes, and illuminate how climate change may affect these two aspects. This will be achieved through an interdisciplinary approach, blending machine-learning, dynamical systems theory, numerical modelling and atmospheric physics. We specifically focus on wintertime wet and windy extremes in Europe, with the additional occurrence of (near-)simultaneous cold spells in North America.

Atmospheric Physics

How do atmospheric planetary waves, extratropical cyclones and other atmospheric phenomena modulate compound extremes?​

Dynamical Systems Theory

The atmosphere is a chaotic dynamical system. Can we use this viewpoint to help us predict compound extremes?

Machine Learning

Can Machine Learning algorithms help us understand how predictable or unpredictable specific compound extremes are?

Numerical Modelling

Idealised numerical models of the atmosphere are a key tool to help us understand the dynamical origin of compound extremes.

We are Looking for Ambitious Young Scientists

CENÆis hiring both Ph. D.s and postdoctoral researchers. We are looking for candidates with a wide range of expertise, from meteorology to applied mathematics to numerical modelling and more!

Uppsala University: A leader for interdisciplinary climate science

CENÆ is based at Uppsala University’s Department of Earth Sciences. Founded in 1477, Uppsala is the oldest university in Sweden and the Nordic Countries. The Department of Earth Sciences offers a unique opportunity to carry out truly interdisciplinary climate research. Your colleagues will include applied mathematicians, hydrologists, social scientists, atmospheric physicists, glaciologists and more.

2 March 2021

The CENÆ Team is Growing

Welcome to Jacopo and Richard, who joined Uppsala University and CENÆ on 1st March 2021!

1 March 2020

CENÆ has started!

The CENÆ project has officially started on 1st March 2021!