Climate extremes

Extreme Weather is changing

we study how and how-fast to identify risks for society
We are a team of climate scientists based at three leading European research institutes: IVM, KNMI & PIK. Our team comprises 7 nationalities and we believe climate science should be a cross border activity


We do extreme weather research to:
  • Understand the processes, dynamics and teleconnections behind extreme weather including heatwaves, droughts and heavy rainfall
  • Assess the role of climate change on current and future extremes
  • Quantify the impacts and risks for society, in particular for agriculture and food security
  • Improve seasonal to sub-seasonal (S2S) forecasting of heatwaves and droughts to build effective early warning programs


Our team unites expertise on novel data-driven methods with state-of-the-art climate models. Our prime tools are:
  • Dynamical system analyses to trace atmospheric pathways through phase space
  • Causal discovery algorithms to understand cause-effect relationships from climatic observations
  • Artificial Intelligence methods to construct S2S forecasts and quantify sensitivity of crops to extreme weather
  • Targeted modeling experiments using the high-resolution climate model EC-Earth
We have active on-going collaborations with research institutes and stakeholder worldwide. For details, see our project pages.
Methods & Objectives of the Climate Extremes team

Get in touch with us

Dr. Dim Coumou

Department of Water & Climate Risk
Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM)
VU Amsterdam
W&N-building, Room C-515
De Boelelaan 1087
1081 HV Amsterdam

Department of Earth System Analysis
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Telegraphenberg A62, room S16
D-14473, Potsdam, Germany