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  • Phone+31 (0)20 59 89535
  • Room 8A-87, NU-building

  • Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), De Boelelaan 1111

    1081 HV Amsterdam


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Personal profile

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


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


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

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


  • 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 (, 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


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

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Research Output

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

  • 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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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