• Room C-515, W&N-building

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

    1081 HV Amsterdam

20042019
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Personal information

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 60 peer-reviewed publications, with several in top-ranking journals, the IPCC 5th Assessment Report, 3 World Bank reports and several book chapters.

 

For the latest, please visit my groups research pages: climateextremes.eu 

 

Expertise

Extreme weather, climate change, atmosphere dynamics, climate models, complex system analyses, causal inference in climate, predictability

Education

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

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

Grants

  • 2018 Horizon-2020, co-PI, Tipping Points in the Earth System (TiPES), EUR300k
  • 2018 German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), co-PI, Climate Change and Extreme Events (ClimExtreme), EUR 250k
  • 2018 Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), co-PI, Improvement of subseasonal probabilistic forecasts of European high-impact weather events using machine learning techniques (IMPRINT), granted EUR 250k
  • 2018 European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecast (ECMWF), co-PI, Operational Sectoral Information System for the Wind Storm Insurance Sector, granted EUR 50k
  • 2017 Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Personal VIDI-award, Persistent Summer Extremes (PERSIST), granted EUR 800k
  • 2016 Belmont-JPI Climate, PI, Globally Observed Teleconnections in a Hierarchy of Atmosphere Models (GOTHAM), granted EUR 413k
  • 2013 German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Personal Junior Research Group grant, Model- and observation-based analysis of the drivers behind variability in large-scale atmospheric circulation patterns and their influence on extreme weather events (SACRE-X), granted EUR 817k
  • 2012 German Research Foundation (DFG), personal grant, Stability of atmospheric circulation patterns and its relation to extreme events, granted EUR 162k
  • 2011 Climate-KIC, public outreach project on Extreme Weather and Climate Change (www.aufgeheizt.org), start-up incubator facilities (in-kind funding) + EUR 10k
  • 2011 Volkswagen Foundation, PI on science outreach proposal "From a Dialogue on Extremes, to Extreme Dialogues", granted EUR 75k

Teaching

  • BSc Honours course ’Climate Change’ 
  • MSc course ’Climate Hydrological Processes’

Ancillary activities

No ancillary activities

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Fingerprint Fingerprint is based on mining the text of the person's scientific documents to create an index of weighted terms, which defines the key subjects of each individual researcher.

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

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Research Output 2004 2019

The weakening summer circulation in the Northern Hemisphere mid-latitudes

Coumou, D., Lehmann, J. & Beckmann, J., 17 Apr 2015, In : Science. 348, 6232, p. 324-327 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Extreme Heat
Infrared Rays
Temperature
Climate
Regression Analysis

A decade of weather extremes

Coumou, D. & Rahmstorf, S., Jul 2012, In : Nature Climate Change. 2, 7, p. 491-496 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

global warming
weather
climate
evidence
event

The influence of Arctic amplification on mid-latitude summer circulation

Coumou, D., Di Capua, G., Vavrus, S., Wang, L. & Wang, S., 20 Aug 2018, In : Nature Communications. 9, p. 1-12 12 p., 2959.

Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Sea ice
Weather
Snow
Thermal gradients
summer

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

Open Access
polar vortex
amplification
cooling
winter
cold

Summertime planetary wave resonance in the Northern and Southern hemispheres

Kornhuber, K., Petoukhov, V., Karoly, D., Petri, S., Rahmstorf, S. & Coumou, D., 1 Aug 2017, In : Journal of Climate. 30, 16, p. 6133-6150 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

planetary wave
Southern Hemisphere
Northern Hemisphere
amplification
zonal wind