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

    1081 HV Amsterdam

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Paolo De Luca is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Water and Climate Risk (WCR) of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM).

His current research focusses on the causes, mechanisms and impacts of Earth System Tipping Points and associated extreme events over the Mediterranean region. The position is funded by the H2020 Project Tipping Points in the Earth System (TiPES, https://tipes.sites.ku.dk/).

Before joining WCR, Paolo completed a NERC PhD in Physical Geography at Loughborough University, where he investigated concurrent hydroclimatic hazards at different time and spatial scales. During his PhD he was visiting researcher at Uppsala University – Department of Earth Sciences and Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS). He holds a MSc and BSc in Environmental Science respectively from Polytechnic University of Marche and University of Perugia. He completed his MSc thesis via the Erasmus+ programme at University of Hamburg – Meteorological Institute and his BSc thesis at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) in Rome.

Paolo’s research interests span across the whole domain of natural hazards, with a focus on weather and climate extremes. He uses different methods, from pragmatic to advanced statistical techniques, to better interpret physical mechanisms driving extreme events.


Natural Hazards, Meteorology, Atmospheric Dynamics, Hydrology, Data Analysis, Dynamical Systems Analysis, Extreme Value Theory.


2019: NERC PhD in Physical Geography, Loughborough University, UK.

2015: MSc in Environmental Science, Polytechnic University of Marche, IT.

2013: BSc in Environmental Science, University of Perugia, IT.

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  • Weather & Climate Extremes
  • Compound Events
  • Dynamical Systems Analysis
  • Climate Dynamics
  • Extreme Value Theory
  • Data Science

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Cyclonic Storms Medicine & Life Sciences
flooding Earth & Environmental Sciences
persistence Earth & Environmental Sciences
hazard Earth & Environmental Sciences
weather Earth & Environmental Sciences
Catchments Engineering & Materials Science
Rivers Engineering & Materials Science
basin Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2017 2019

Concurrent wet and dry hydrological extremes at the global scale

De Luca, P., Messori, G., Wilby, R., Mazzoleni, M. & Di Baldassarre, G., 10 Jul 2019, In : EarthArXiv.

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Dynamical Systems Theory Sheds New Light on Compound Climate Extremes in Europe and Eastern North America

De Luca, P., Messori, G., Faranda, D. & Pons, F. M. E., 6 Jul 2019, In : EarthArXiv.

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Past and Projected Weather Pattern Persistence with Associated Multi-Hazards in the British Isles

De Luca, P., Harpham, C., Wilby, R., Hillier, J., Franzke, C. & Leckebusch, G., 25 Sep 2019, In : Atmosphere. 10, 10, 577.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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general circulation model

Extreme multi-basin flooding linked with extra-tropical cyclones

De Luca, P., Hillier, J. K., Wilby, R. L., Quinn, N. W. & Harrigan, S., 1 Nov 2017, In : Environmental Research Letters. 12, 11, 12 p., 114009.

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Cyclonic Storms

The “dirty dozen” of freshwater science: detecting then reconciling hydrological data biases and errors

Wilby, R., Clifford, N., De Luca, P., Harrigan, S., Hillier, J., Hodgkins, R., Johnson, M., Matthews, T., Murphy, C., Noone, S., Parry, S., Prudhomme, C., Rice, S., Slater, L., Smith, K. & Wood, P., 24 Mar 2017, In : Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Water. 4, e1209

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