CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – EGU (European Geosciences Union) General Assembly 2013. Vienna, Austria, 07 – 12 April 2013

This meeting aims to bring together geoscientists from all over the world into one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences. EGU also provides a forum where young scientists can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in these fields.

The deadline for Abstract Submission is 9 January 2013. But is in extended and you can still send abstracts. For more information, please seehttp://www.egu2013.eu

We are pleased to invite you to the sessions:

NH1.1. EXTREME METEOROLOGICAL AND HYDROLOGICAL EVENTS INDUCED BY SEVERE WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

This session will be devoted to show recent achievements and research on hydrometeorological risks and, particularly on the impact of climate change in them (a detailed description is given below).

Conveners: Athanasios Loukas, Maria-Carmen Llasat and Uwe Ulbrich

Further information about the EGU General Assembly 2013 can be found at: http://www.egu2013.eu

Session description:

Today, it is almost certain that global climate change will affect the frequency and severity of extreme meteorological and hydrological events. It is necessary to develop models and methodologies for the better understanding, forecasting, hazard prevention of weather induced extreme events and assessment of disaster risk. This session considers extreme events that lead to disastrous hazards induced by severe weather and climate change. These can, e.g., be tropical or extratropical rain- and wind-storms, hail, tornadoes or lightning events, but also floods, long-lasting periods of drought, periods of extremely high or of extremely low temperatures, etc. Papers are sought which contribute to the understanding of their occurrence (conditions and meteorological development), to assessment of their risk and their future changes, to the ability of models to reproduce them and methods to forecast them or produce early warnings, to proactive planning focusing to damage prevention and damage reduction. Papers are also encouraged that look at complex extreme events produced by combinations of factors that are not extreme by themselves. The session serves as a forum for the interdisciplinary exchange of research approaches and results, involving meteorology, hydrology, hazard management and/or applications like insurance issues.

SESSION NH1.8 ICT-BASED HYDROMETEOROLOGY SCIENCE AND NATURAL DISASTER SOCIETAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT.

As you will notice, our session covers a wide range of research topics especially on ICT tools and requirements for fostering research in hydometeorological sciences.

Taking into account your research interests in these areas, please consider the option of presenting any recent results in this session. Also, please feel free to forward this e-mail to anyone for whom you think it may be of some interest.

Conveners: Antonio Parodi, Nicola Rebora, Andrea Clematis, Dieter Kranzlmueller, Michael Schiffers

A detailed description of the session can be found at:

http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2013/session/11819/

Session description:

Hydro-Meteorology Research (HMR) is an area of critical scientific importance and of high societal relevance.

It plays a key role in guiding predictions relevant to the safety and prosperity of humans and ecosystems from highly urbanized areas, to coastal zones, and to agricultural landscapes. Of special interest and urgency within HMR is the problem of understanding and predicting the impacts of severe hydro-meteorological events, such as flash-floods and landslides in complex orography areas, on humans and the environment, under the incoming climate change effects.

At the heart of this challenge, lies the ability to have easy access to hydro-meteorological data and models, and to facilitate the collaboration between meteorologists, hydrologists, and Earth science experts for accelerated scientific advances in hydrometeorological research.

This session is intended to attract the interest and promote the discussion between scientists from HMR and ICT communities, together with delegates from relevant European and worldwide stakeholders about how to further boost the research excellence and competitiveness in the fields of hydrometeorological research and ICT research by bridging the gaps between these two scientific communities.

Special emphasis is given to contributions reporting about e-Infrastructures/cyberinfrastructure for hydrometeorology and related Earth Science disciplines, new paradigms for data sharing as well as the emergengy topic of urgent computing in Earth science. Results concerning the applications of new Grid and high performance computing services to the study of extreme hydrometeorological events are also encouraged.

On-line submission: http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2013/session/11819/

SESSION NH1.15 . SEVERE STORMS AND EXTREME HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL EVENTS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN BASIN: OBSERVATIONS, SIMULATIONS AND IMPACTS

This session is dedicated to the community of scientific Experts involved in the study of Mediterranean storms, their geophysical nature and their socioeconomic impacts.

Conveners: Giorgio Boni, Fausto Guzzetti, Alberto Mugnai, Franco Siccardi, Gregory J. Tripoli, Maria-Carmen Llasat, Eric A. Smith, Pinhas Alpert, Agustin Jansa, Vassiliki Kotroni

You can submit an abstract following the instructions:

http://www.egu2013.eu/abstract_management/how_to_submit_an_abstract.html

Session description:

This session is dedicated to the community of scientific Experts involved in the study of Mediterranean storms, their geophysical nature and their socioeconomic impacts.

Every two years the EGU dedicates to this topic a specialty conference entitled the Plinius Conference on Mediterranean Storms. This EGU General Assembly session aims to raise in the European geophysical community and beyond, an awareness of Plinius community activities and to report on new and/or significant scientific results that have gone unreported at previous Plinius conferences, representing findings that may be preliminary in nature or timely in conveyance.

The Plinius Conference on Mediterranean Storms began in 999. These conferences are interdisciplinary in nature and designed to Exchange scientific ideas and results oncerning the meteorology, oceanography, hydrology, geology and socioeconomic impacts of Mediterranean storms. Therefore, the contributions to this EGU session should focus on the following topics in relationship to the environment of the Mediterranean basin.

– Meteorological observations of Mediterranean storms: use of measurements from satellite, aircraft, balloon, ground and under water platforms for improved understanding of the physical, dynamical, structural and climatological nature of Mediterranean storms; improved understanding of storm life cycles and life cycle monitoring requirements; improved measuring methodologies; improved observation systems.

– Meteorological and oceanographic diagnosis and prediction of Mediterranean storms: theoretical and modeling studies of severe weather phenomena and related oceanographic processes; sensitivity experiments; operational forecasting issues including deterministic / ensemble / coupled model forecasting, data assimilation, data targeting and redictability limits; forecast verification and improved validation methodologies.

– Hydrology, hydrometeorology and geology of Mediterranean storm environment: measuring, modeling and understanding of extreme hydrological and hydrometeorological processes in Mediterranean basin; operational flood forecasting chains; description and conceptualization of hydrological processes at different spatial and temporal scales; uncertainty assessments of flood forecasts; geological upheavals induced by extreme rainfall including altered river geometries, landslides and triggering of earthquakes; influences and eedbacks involving urban structures and geological damage.

– Social and economic impacts of Mediterranean storms: vulnerability and mitigation; risk perception, assessment and communication; societal response to disasters; methodological approaches used in different countries including implications of using different approaches.

We welcome contributions that address these topics, as well as those that address climate change impacts on present or future behaviors of Mediterranean storms.

You can submit an abstract following the instructions here:

http://www.egu2013.eu/abstract_management/how_to_submit_an_abstract.html

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