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Climate & Weather Extremes



Research Interests

My research focuses on an improved understanding of the physical processes that change the frequency and intensity of extreme events in a warming climate. This includes changes in processes across all scales of motions, ranging from synoptic-scales to microscales, with my main interest being hydrologic extreme events. The main topics of my research are:

  1. Interaction between mesoscale processes and the climate system
    My goal is to understand how mesoscale processes such as deep convection interact with the climate system and how these processes change due to natural climate variability and forced climate change.

  2. Extreme events and their drivers
    I am studying climate extremes such as extreme precipitation, hail, and drought with the aim to enhance the physical understanding of these extremes and to improve their predictability.

  3. Assessment of uncertainties
    The climate system is characterized by its large variability that has to be incorporated in climate assessments. I am exploring uncertainties originating from observations, climate model formulation, statistical methods, internal variability, and emission scenarios across various spatial and temporal scales.


About Me

Andreas F Prein

I am a Project Scientist III at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, USA, and the deputy director of the Capacity Center for Climate and Weather Extremes (C3WE) in the Mesoscale & Microscale Meteorology Laboratory (MMM).


I have a Ph.D. in Physics and a Master in Environmental System Sciences from the University of Graz in Austria. I am an editor for Scientific Reports and Frontiers Atmosphere and Climate, a panel member of the GEWEX Hydroclimatology Panel (GHP), a steering group member of the WCRP Digital Earths Lighthouse Activity, and help to coordinate international community activities in the area of kilometer-scale climate modeling.



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