Millions of euros to interdisciplinary research around extreme weather

4 June 2020

stormy skies

The project aims to help us better understand the dynamics, predictability and impacts of temperature, precipitation (including drought) and surface wind extremes over Europe.

Why does a specific type of weather extreme occur? How can we use this knowledge to better predict it? These are topics for a big international EU-project on weather extremes coordinated from the Department of Earth Sciences.

Gabriele Messori, Associate Professor at
Department of Earth Sciences.

Gabriele Messori, Associate Professor at Department of Earth Sciences, Program for Air, Water and Landscape Sciences; Meteorology just received funding for a Marie Curie ITN project he will coordinate. The total amount is over 3.8 million Euro (close to 40 million SEK). The project involves 9 universities and research institutes as well as additional external collaborators.

The plan is to start the project in the beginning of 2021, pending completion of the Grant Agreement. Then, 14 new doctoral students will be hired, of which 3 will be based at the Department of Earth Sciences at Uppsala University.

What is the purpose of the project?
The project aims to help us better understand the dynamics, predictability and impacts of temperature, precipitation (including drought) and surface wind extremes over Europe. Why does a specific type of weather extreme occur? How can we use this knowledge to better predict it? And finally, what are the likely impacts once it does occur? We will try to answer these questions by combining very different disciplines, from climate science, to statistical mechanics, dynamical systems theory, risk management, agronomy, epidemiology and more.

Which universities will participate?
Uppsala University, Stockholm University, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, ETH Zürich, Institut Royal Météorologique de Belgique, Imperial College London, Barcelona Institute for Global Health and Tel Aviv University.

How will you cooperate?
The idea is to create a closely-knit group of universities, research centres and private-sector companies hinging around a cohort of doctoral students who all work on different aspects of the same broad topic. This will include research but also educational activities, ranging from workshops to summer schools to internships, and a wide-ranging science communication effort, through both web-based and in-person activities.

When will you start?
Right now nothing definite is decided but the project is likely to start in the beginning of 2021 and will then run for four years.

Malin Eivergård

Facts: The EDIPI project

The project is called EDIPI (European Weather Extremes: Drivers, Predictability and Impacts) and is an MSCA-ITN-ETN or, more colloquially, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network. The idea is to create a closely-knit group of universities, research centres and private-sector companies hinging around a cohort of doctoral students. EDIPI will be co-ordinated by myself from Uppsala University and consists of a core group of 9 universities and research centres and 11 partner organisations. EDIPI aims to help us better understand the dynamics, predictability and impacts of temperature, precipitation (including drought) and surface wind extremes over Europe.