Giorgia Di Capua
- PhD Candidate at VU Amsterdam
- Scientist at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
I have a BSc (2012) and a MSc in Physics (2014) from the University of Turin and I am currently a PhD student at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the VU University of Amsterdam. during my Master I focused on Atmospheric Physics and I wrote my Master thesis at PIK, where I developed a new metric to measure the meandering of mid-tropospheric planetary waves, and assess whether large meandering states (often associated with extreme weather events) have increased in the last decades. After completing my Master, I worked as research assistant for one year within the same group and in 2016 I started my PhD within the GOTHAM-JPI-Belmont project, under the supervision of Dr. Dim Coumou. My PhD focuses on the study of far-away causal drivers of the Indian summer monsoon (ISM) rainfall and the interaction of the mid-latitude flow with the ISM circulation system, with a particular focus on extreme rainfall events. Applying a new causal discovery algorithm, it is possible to identify casual precursors of the ISM rainfall over different regions and at different time scales and use these precursors to build a seasonal forecasting model.