Sem Vijverberg



  • PhD candidate at VU Amsterdam
  • Visiting Scientist at KNMI





During my master Climate Physics at the Utrecht University, I completed my thesis at Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute, where I focussed on the link between evaporation and precipitation. Subsequently, I attained a PhD position on ‘Persistent Summer Extremes’ at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam under a NWO Vidi-project from Dr. Dim Coumou.
Extreme weather is often focussed on extreme values (i.e. a certain threshold temperature). The persistence of an anomaly is often understated, while this aspect is crucial for the societal impact of an extreme event. The goal is to deduce the causal drivers of persistent events using smart a statistical algorithm. Knowing the causal drivers, we will be able to investigate the predictability of such events (such as heat waves or high rainfall events).


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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

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