ESF Research Conferences

ESF-COST High-Level Research Conference

Extreme Environmental Events

13-17 December 2010


Conference programme PDF (140 KB) - Last updated 25-November-2010.

Understanding the frequency and magnitude of extreme environmental events and their impacts is a critical aspect of climate prediction. This conference aims to bring together an inter-disciplinary group including statisticians, climate modellers, meteorologists, and other environmental scientists to focus on extreme events and the uncertainties inherent in their understanding.

Sessions will focus on:

Theme 1: Extreme events and statistical methodology


  • How do statisticians define an event?
  • What makes it an extreme event?
  • What statistical methods are used in extreme event identification?
  • What is the difference between long-term mean changes and extremes of a distribution?
  • What is the current state of the art in extremes methodology?
  • What common mistakes are made in dealing with extreme events?

Theme 2: Modelling of extreme environmental events


  • How do climate models deal with extreme events?
  • How might extreme events be better incorporated into climate models?
  • What do models of extreme events currently predict?
  • How are these predictions validated?
  • What research/experiments are required to improve predictions?
  • What past extremes do we know about?

Theme 3: Impacts of extreme events


  • What are the potential impacts of extreme events on ecosystems, plants, forests, animals and micro-organisms?
  • How might extreme events affect the migrations of animals?
  • How do ecosystems cope with mean extremes versus extremes of distribution?

The conference will feature lectures by invited high-level speakers, short talks by young and early stage researchers, poster sessions and open discussion periods as well as a forward look panel discussion about future developments.


Presentations by invited speakers in alphabetical order:

  • Carl Beierkuhnlein PDF
  • Martin Beniston PDF
  • Peter Challenor PDF
  • Hans De Boeck PDF
  • Janneke Ettema PDF
  • Petra Friederichs PDF
  • Gabi Hegerl PDF
  • Brian Huntley PDF
  • Anke Jentsch PDF
  • Farrokh Nadim PDF
  • Philippe Naveau PDF
  • Lynn Rothschild PDF
  • Francis Zwiers PDF

Short talks in alphabetical order:

  • Anastassia Baxevani PDF
  • Ewa Bogdanowicz PDF
  • Deniz Bozkurt PDF
  • Didier Dacunha-Castelle PDF
  • Nicolas Dalezios PDF
  • Nicole Estrella PDF
  • Erich Fischer PDF
  • Sophie Fukutome PDF
  • Lidia Gaslikova PDF
  • Juan Gonzalez PDF
  • Ida B├╝low Gregersen PDF
  • Tieh-Yong Koh PDF
  • Staytcho Kolev PDF
  • Juergen Kreyling PDF
  • Frank Kwasniok PDF
  • Piero Lionello
  • Chunsheng Ma PDF
  • Miguel Mahecha PDF
  • Lasse Juhani Makkonen PDF
  • Olivia Martius PDF
  • Ivan Nijs PDF
  • Elena Novenko PDF
  • Sylvie Parey PDF
  • Nicolas Raillard PDF
  • Johannes Rempfer PDF
  • Helmi Saidi PDF
  • Christoph Schleip PDF
  • Jadranka Sepic PDF
  • Franziska Strauss PDF
  • Witold Gustaw Strupczewski PDF
  • Robert Toderascu PDF
  • Beyza Ustaoglu PDF
  • Vivek Walia
  • Geraldine Wong PDF
  • Wyss Yim PDF
  • Christoph Zingerle PDF