Welcome! My name is Emanuele Bevacqua. I work as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the University of Reading (UK). Trained as a Physicist at the University of Calabria (Italy) with a curriculum in Astrophysics and Geophysics, I earned my PhD in Physics/Climate Science at GEOMAR (Germany) and Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change, University of Graz (Austria).
I employ regional and global climate models to quantify and understand changes in weather extremes, with a focus on Compound events (CEs). CEs are major extreme impacts that result from the joint occurrence of underlying contributing events. Two typical examples of such events are (1) drought in conjunction with a heatwave and (2) compound flooding. This type of floods happens in coastal areas as a result of co-occurring heavy precipitation and storm surge, as for example happened in Texas during the hurricane Harvey in 2017.
During my research, I developed a statistical model for representing and analysing compound events, with an in-depth application for compound flooding. Other research subjects I have worked on are modelling of compound meteorological and soil moisture droughts, multivariate statistical downscaling, large-scale compound flood probability assessment, and pair-copula constructions. Recently, I actively employed a regional climate model to study past and future changes in precipitation extremes based on the storyline approach.