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  • Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), De Boelelaan 1087

    1081 HV Amsterdam

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My prime research interest is understanding how global warming affects the number and intensity of extreme weather events like heat waves, heavy rainfall and persistent droughts. I use a variety of methods, including advanced statistical analyses, climate models and novel machine learning techniques, to gain new insights. Working with high-level stakeholders (e.g. the World Bank) ensures that my research focusses on the most relevant extremes, i.e. those with the highest risks for society. I have authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications, with several in top-ranking journals, the IPCC 5th Assessment Report, 3 World Bank reports and several book chapters.


Extreme weather, climate change, atmosphere dynamics, climate model development, complex system analyses, predictability


2003-2008: PhD in Natural Sciences, ETH-Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

1995-2001: MSc in Geophysics, University of Utrecht, Utrecht Netherlands

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planetary wave Earth & Environmental Sciences
climate change Earth & Environmental Sciences
warming Earth & Environmental Sciences
Northern Hemisphere Earth & Environmental Sciences
weather Earth & Environmental Sciences
storm track Earth & Environmental Sciences
hydrothermal system Earth & Environmental Sciences
amplification Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2004 2018

Alberta wildfire 2016: Apt contribution from anomalous planetary wave dynamics

Petoukhov, V., Petri, S., Kornhuber, K., Thonicke, K., Coumou, D. & Schellnhuber, H. J., 17 Aug 2018, In : Scientific Reports. 8, p. 1-10 10 p., 12375

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

planetary wave
El Nino

More-persistent weak stratospheric polar vortex States linked to cold extremes

Kretschmer, M., Coumou, D., Agel, L., BArlow, M., Tziperman, E. & Cohen, J. DA., 1 Jan 2018, In : Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 99, 1, p. 49-60 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

polar vortex

The dynamical core of the Aeolus 1.0 statistical-dynamical atmosphere model: Validation and parameter optimization

Totz, S., Eliseev, A. V., Petri, S., Flechsig, M., Caesar, L., Petoukhov, V. & Coumou, D., 22 Feb 2018, In : Geoscientific Model Development. 11, 2, p. 665-679 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Model Validation
model validation
Parameter Optimization

The influence of Arctic amplification on mid-latitude summer circulation

Coumou, D., Di Capua, G., Vavrus, S., Wang, L. & Wang, S., 1 Dec 2018, In : Nature Communications. 9, 1, 2959

Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

Sea ice
Thermal gradients

A network-based detection scheme for the jet stream core

Molnos, S., Mamdouh, T., Petri, S., Nocke, T., Weinkauf, T. & Coumou, D., 10 Feb 2017, In : Earth System Dynamics. 8, 1, p. 75-89 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
jet stream
Northern Hemisphere
simulated annealing