I am Emanuele Bevacqua, a Research Scientist and Leader of the Compound Climate eXtremes group (Emmy Noether Programme) at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ (Germany). I also serve as deputy head of the Department of Compound Environmental Risks at UFZ.

With a background in Physics from the University of Calabria (Italy), a PhD in Climate Science from GEOMAR (Germany) and the University of Graz (Austria), and postdoctoral research at the University of Reading (United Kingdom), I study high-impact climate and weather extreme events in a changing climate. In particular, my research aims to advance our understanding of compound weather and climate extreme events, which are combinations of climatic drivers or hazards that cause most of the societal and environmental impacts. Examples include hot, dry summers causing vegetation damage, heavy rainfall combined with storm surges leading to severe flooding in coastal areas, and long-lasting precipitation events caused by consecutive storms.

With the Compound Climate eXtremes team, we integrate observations, novel climate model simulations providing hundreds to thousands of years of data, and impact models such as hydrological and renewable energy models, along with statistical tools, to advance our understanding of a wide range of high-impact compound events. Our research spans widespread floods, wildfire-favorable hot-dry conditions, multi-region droughts threatening food security, and adverse weather affecting renewable energy production. We study the physical drivers of compound events and assess the impact of climate variability and change on these events under present and future conditions. We inform about uncertainties and potential worst-case scenarios that could surprise society with extreme impacts.

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