Extreme weather events
A better understanding of the physical causes of extreme weather events as well as their changing intensity and frequency, particularly due to climate change, is of increasing importance. Changes in the occurrence of heavy precipitation and storms are just as important as extreme heat and the related drought. Conceptual risk models for complex disasters in connection with changes in these extremes are necessary in order to create a basis for further knowledge development and to increase society's resilience to these extreme events.
There is increasing evidence that climate change, largely caused by humans, influences and changes the occurrence of extreme weather phenomena. The changes in the magnitude and frequency of individual extreme events vary greatly depending on the future scenario considered, and depending on the type of event, there is also great spatial variability. In this regard, it is urgently necessary to maintain long-term observation series by providing resources for climate monitoring and to expand forecasting capacities.
The working group carries out research projects that improve our understanding of changes in meteorological extremes and their consequences in different socio-economic and cultural contexts.
Univ.Prof. Mag. Dr.
Institut für Meteorologie und Klimatologie
Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik