1st Workshop on European Storms


5 - 7 September 2011
University of Exeter/Met Office

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1Exeter Climate Systems, Mathematics Research Institute, University of Exeter

2Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research, Exeter


The workshop is part of the European WIndstorm Research Network (EUWIRN) the creation of which is an additional deliverable of the RACEWIN project. This workshop aims to:

  • bring together leading climate researchers on European and N. Atlantic extra-tropical cyclones in order to share recent research ideas
  • develop ideas on how to consolidate and grow activity in this important area of research relevant for Europe.

Overview talks on the main issues will be used to set the scene and then on the last day there will small thematic breakout working groups to discuss ideas on how to join up research in different areas. Groups will then reconvene to report back developments and ideas. Poster boards will be available throughout the period around the main room.

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Monday 5 September 2011:
12:00-14:00 Registration: arrive, register and meet over a buffet lunch
Talks 1: Fundamental mechanisms. (Chair: Simon Brown)
14:00-14:05 Julia Slingo: Welcome note
14:05-14:15 David Stephenson: Introduction and aims of the workshop.
14:15-14:20 Lynsey McColl: Housekeeping information
14:20-14:40 David Brayshaw: The Atlantic and Mediterranean storm tracks: understanding their basic structure.
14:40-15:00 Gwendal Riviere: A new dynamical interpretation of the role played by the left-exit region of the large-scale upper-level jet.
15:00-15:20 Helen Dacre: Quantifying the sensitivity of North Atlantic cyclone development to atmospheric precursor fields.
15:20-15:40 Geraint Vaughan: The DIAMET project: DIAbatic influence on Mesoscale structures in ExTratropical storms.
15:40-16:00 Sue Gray: A regional climatology of sting jets and the extratropical cyclones in which they occur
16:00-16:30 Tea/coffee/biscuits
16:30-17:30 1st Breakout group organisation
18:00 Dinner in Exeter town centre – Strada
Tuesday 6 September 2011:
Talks 2: Historical storm characteristics (Chair: Renato Vitolo)
09:30-09:50 Paul Della-Marta: NE Atlantic and western European storminess since 1880.
09:50-10:10 Margarida Liberato, Isabel Trigo and Ricardo Trigo: Climatology of Extratropical Complex Systems using a SLP based cyclone detecting and tracking method
10:10-10:30 Christoph Raible: Comparison of different mid latitude cyclone detection and tracking methods using ERA interim
10:30-10:50 Gregor Leckebusch: Detection and assessment of severe, damage prone wind fields caused by severe cyclones in mid-latitudes, tropics and polar regions
10:50-11:10 Theo Economou: Extreme storminess: how deep can a low become?
11:10-11:40 Tea/coffee/biscuits 
11:40-12:40 1st Breakout group discussions 
12:40-13:30 Lunch
Talks 3: Future predictions (Chair: Lynsey McColl)
13:30-13:50 Uwe Ulbrich: Seasonal predictability of extra-tropical cyclones
13:50-14:10 Adam Scaife: Climate Change in the Storm Tracks: are projected changes about to change?
14:10-14:30 Tim Woollings: Ocean-atmosphere interaction in the Atlantic storm track response to greenhouse gases
14:30-14:50 Joaquim Pinto: European windstorms: diagnostics, downscaling and climate change
14:50-15:10 Peter Knippertz: A seamless approach to assessing model uncertainties in climate projections of severe European windstorms
15:10-15:40 Tea/coffee/biscuits
15:40-16:40 2nd Breakout group discussions
18:00 Dinner in Exeter town centre – The Old Firehouse
Wednesday 7 September 2011:
Talks 3: Remaining talks (Chair: David Stephenson)
10:00-10:20 Michael Graf: The synoptic and mesoscale environment associated with European tornadoes
10:00-10:40 Additional talk TBC
10:40-11:10 Tea/coffee/biscuits
11:10-12:30 Breakout groups: reporting back
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30 End of workshop