Extreme weather and climate in Europe

03 Dec 2015

This report, written for climate scientists, researchers and experts, describes the current scientific knowledge of extreme weather and climate events in Europe for the following variables: temperature, precipitation, hail, and drought (with the following types of drought: meteorological, hydrological and soil moisture).Based on a review of key literature, indices and datasets, the report presents recorded observations and modelled projections for extreme events.Furthermore four case studies provide an anatomy of recent European extreme weather/climate events including meteorological impacts and synoptic context.

Authors: Paul van der Linden(1), Peter Dempsey(1), Robert Dunn(1), John Caesar(1), Blaz Kurnik(2)

Reviewers: Rutger Dankers(1), Blaz Kurnik(2), Andre Jol(2), Michael Kunz(3), Henny van Lanen(4), Rasmus Benestad(5), Simon Parry(6), Mikael Hilden(7), Andreas Marx(8), Jaroslav Mysiak(9), Lizzie Kendon(1)

Published by: ETC/CCA, Bologna, IT, November 2015

(1) UK Met Office (MO), (2) EEA, (3) Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, (4) Wageningen University, (5) The Norwegian Meteorological Institute, (6) CEH Wallingford, (7) Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), (8) Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), (9) Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC)

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