814328 Meteorological hazards and climate extremes

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Offered in
Sommersemester 2023
Languages of instruction


There has been tremendous economic and societal impact of severe weather events during recent decades and there is broad scientific consensus that climate change will increase - and has in parts already increased - the frequency and severity of individual meteorological hazards. This course focuses on severe events (storms, heavy precipitation events, drought, heat waves) from both meteorological and climate perspective. Focus is given on the driving mechanisms and trends in occurrence of individual meteorological phenomena on different spatial and temporal scales. Different methodological frameworks to characterize and define extremes are discussed and contrasted. Theoretical content is supplemented with hands-on experience in meteorological and climate data analysis including methods to characterize the severity of individual extremes and assess their occurrence frequency. In case studies selected extreme events will be explained from a climate perspective.

Previous knowledge expected

none, knowledge of R or Python is advantageous

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

After participation students will have gained a deep understanding of individual meteorological hazards and their underlying drivers. Students will be able to apply state-of-the-art statistical methods to quantify the severity of individual weather events and derive probabilistic reoccurrence estimates. Participants will have gained knowledge about past and future changes in extreme events and the (un)certainty associated with future projections of changes in the frequency, duration and severity of extreme events. Students will be able to explain recent extreme events from a climate perspective.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.