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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.

We have recently published an assessment of the compound flooding potential in Europe, both for present and future climate. We also studied changes in compound-long hot and dry conditions in Europe in the past decades. During my PhD, 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, 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.

 

NEWS

3 Oct 2019 Invited lecture on “Physical processes behind compound flooding” at the Training School on Statistical Modeling of Compound Events, Lake Como, Italy
23 Sep – 4 Oct 2019 Supervisor of a research project carried out by a group of PhD students and early postdocs at the Training School on Statistical Modeling of Compound Events, Lake Como, Italy
Sep 2019 Many media have reported on our Science Advances work on present and future compound flooding in Europe, including the BBC. Unfortunately, many oversimplifications on our conclusions were done by some media, and sometimes the message was communicated wrongly. Please, read the full article for clear information on the topic.
18 Sep 2019 A new graphic of compound flooding has appeared today on the BBC. It was used to discuss our new paper on compound flooding.
18 Sep 2019 Paper on present and future compound flooding in Europe published in Science Advances.
29 Aug 2019 Paper on changes in long hot and dry periods in Europe published in Environmental research letter.
29 Jul 2019 The Wikipedia user RCraig09 added my “circular warming stripes” (inspired by the warming stripes of Ed Hawkins) to the Wikipedia page of the warming stripes.