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Cyclone processes leading to extreme rainfall in the Mediterranean region

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Project "ExMeCy" data sheet

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Coordinator
NATIONAL OBSERVATORY OF ATHENS 

Organization address
address: LOFOS NYMFON
city: ATHINA
postcode: 11810
website: www.noa.gr

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 Coordinator Country Greece [EL]
 Total cost 152˙653 €
 EC max contribution 152˙653 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-05-01   to  2018-04-30

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1    NATIONAL OBSERVATORY OF ATHENS EL (ATHINA) coordinator 152˙653.00

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 Project objective

Mediterranean cyclones are among the most important natural hazards in the region, affecting more than 135 million people. The physical mechanisms that make Mediterranean cyclones evolve into severe storms are not yet fully understood due to many uncertainties in the underlying atmospheric processes. These processes are mainly associated with deep convection and air-sea interactions at meso-scales, as well as with large-scale atmospheric systems that affect the region. The scientific objective of the project is to show how these processes lead to extreme rainfall in the Mediterranean and contribute to the better forecasting of cyclones induced extreme rainfall. Analysis within ExMeCy is based on a multi-methodological approach that includes fundamental atmospheric dynamical analysis, analysis of lightning and satellite observational datasets, and modelling adapted to the project needs. First the Researcher will detect the cyclones causing extreme rainfall. Then, he will classify these cyclones according to the contribution of the main processes associated with extreme rainfall, namely the deep convection and the airstreams of warm conveyor belts. Different cyclone groups will be thus formed, which will be analyzed separately using new modelling and diagnostic techniques, applied for the first time to Mediterranean cyclones. The decomposition of the complex interactions of atmospheric processes that lead to cyclones intensification and extreme rainfall will constitute ExMeCy’s original results. These results will be eventually used to assess European services models to predict cyclones-related high impact weather in the Mediterranean. The project will be hosted at the Institute for Environmental Research & Sustainable Development (IERSD) of the National Observatory of Athens (NOA).

 Publications

year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Emmanouil Flaounas; Vassiliki Kotroni; Konstantinos Lagouvardos; Suzanne L. Gray; Jean-François Rysman; Chantal Claud
Heavy rainfall in Mediterranean cyclones. Part I: contribution of deep convection and warm conveyor belt
published pages: , ISSN: 0930-7575, DOI:
Climate dynamics 2019-06-14
2018 E. Galanaki; K. Lagouvardos; V. Kotroni; E.Flaounas; A. Argiriou
Thunderstorm climatology in the Mediterranean using cloud-to-ground lightning observations
published pages: , ISSN: 0169-8095, DOI:
Atmospheric Research 2019-06-14
2018 L. Fita; E. Flaounas
Medicanes as subtropical cyclones: the December 2005 case from the perspective of surface pressure tendency diagnostics and atmospheric water budget
published pages: , ISSN: 0035-9009, DOI:
Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society 2019-06-14

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