Developing Multivariate Indicators for Detecting and Monitoring Concurrent Climate Extremes Using Satellite Observations

Project leader

Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2016
End date: 31/12/2018
Funding: 5876403 SEK


The major droughts and heat waves of recent history (e.g. 2003 Europe, 2011 East Africa, 2012-2015 United States) and their significant consequences (e.g., food insecurity, economic damages, significant death tolls) call for improving our knowledge in understanding changing climate patterns and concurrent extreme climate events. While we have a good capacity in analysing individual extreme events, our current methods and state of knowledge do not allow investigation of the trends and changes to simultaneous extreme climate events. This research project is expected to provide the required capacity and methods for detection and analysis of concurrent (joint) extremes using satellite observations. The project can be a significant step forward to improve the capacity of Swedish researchers in leading this important research area and address the current research needs of major climate organisations and research groups around the world. By applying the proposed methods the project will explicitly investigate when and where in the world the joint occurrence of droughts and heat waves is significant. These maps will facilitate understanding of the inter-dependence of droughts and heat waves. The project also investigates trends in the joint distribution of precipitation and temperature extremes, and quantifies changes in the frequency and magnitudes of joint extremes. Upon completion of the project the source codes of the proposed indicators along with all data sets generated will be made freely available to public through the project website as well as the ECDS metadata platform. The project involves collaborators from U.S.A. and is expected to set up an early career researcher for a successful career in Sweden.

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