• COST733 Dr. C. Beck Dr. Andreas Philipp ()

    The main objective of the Action is to achieve a general numerical method for assessing, comparing and classifying typical weather situations in European regions. The method will have the following features:

    • Scalable to any European (sub)region with time scales between 12 h and 3 days and spatial scales of ca. 200 to 2000 km,
    • applicable for:
      • frequency analysis of extreme weather events
      • local climate assessment (e.g. fog/snow cover/sunshine duration)
      • human biometeorology and impacts on ecosystems
      • climate monitoring
      • assessment of impaired air quality episodes
      • medium range weather forecast and climate characteristics of the forecast period (e.g. by mapping of climate parameters related to historic weather types and application to the forecast meteorological situations)
      • verification of numerical weather forecast models (by checking the forecast weather type
    Secondary objectives are:
    • to enhance our knowledge on linkages between the atmospheric circulation, weather, climate and environmental variables
    • to have an up-to-date overview of existing weather types classification methods
    • to identify suitable criteria/indicators to weather types
    • to identify a set of useful applications of weather types classifications
    • to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the methods for different applications
    • to establish a (new) scientific cooperation forum in synoptic climatology in Europe
    • to provide tools for comparison and evaluation of different weather types classifications
    • to assess different methodologies for the comparison of weather types classifications.

  • Ecological and palaecological research on vegetation and environmental history in the bavarian alpine foreland Prof. Dr. Arne Friedmann ()
    Ecological and palaecological research concerning the recent and late quaternary vegetation, mire, land use and climate history of the bavarian alpine foreland. With the interdisciplinary study of mires and lakes prehistoric, historic and recent environmental changes are documented and interpreted in view of vegetation development, disturbance ecology, human impact and nature conservation.