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[Met-jobs] PhD position on Extreme Weather at VU Amsterdam

From "Dim Coumou" <>
Date Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:50:43 +0000

New PhD position ‘Stagnant weather extremes: Present and future risks’

The PhD position will be funded by the new NWO Vidi program on Persistent Summer Extremes.


Extreme heat waves and heavy rainfall are increasing in intensity on a global scale, trends which will continue with future global warming. Summer extremes can have the most-severe impacts on humanity especially when they persist for several days: Many consecutive hot-and-dry days causing harvest failure, or stagnating wet extremes causing flooding. This project aims at better understanding and quantifying the causes and consequences of stagnating weather systems focusing on the most high-impact events. What maintains stagnating summer weather? Do climate models capture persistence and the underlying processes accurately? Can we find early warning signals? New methodological developments, including machine learning algorithms and higher resolution climate models, now enable us to achieve real progress in answering these questions.  


The PhD candidate will become part of the research group on “Climate Change and Extreme Weather”, led by  Dr. Dim Coumou, and work with experts from VU Amsterdam, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and possibly other project partners. S/he will work with the high-resolution climate model EC-Earth, perform and analyze model simulations and, together with direct colleagues, apply machine learning algorithms to both observed and modeled data. This way the atmospheric teleconnections behind extreme weather should be better understood and quantified.


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Sorry for any cross-postings!

Dr. Dim Coumou
Assoc Prof Climate Change & Extreme Weather
VU Amsterdam - Water & Climate Risk
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

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