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Linking accelerated warming over the Tibetan Plateau to the increased frequency of European summer heat waves

Research project
Active research
Project size
2 993 000
Project period
2020 - 2022
Project owner
Department of Earth Sciences

Short description

Europe has experienced more frequent and intensive Summer Heat Waves (SHWs) in recent decades. New evidence indicates that extremely high temperatures over the Tibetan Plateau (TP) may have affected European SHWs, but the underlying physical mechanisms are not understood. This project aims to explore how elevated and amplified warming over the TP has influenced the recent trends in European SHWs and how the relationship between the two might change. The outcome of this project has the potential to discover and understand an important driver for SHWs in Europe (not known sofar), which can aid decision-making in both public and private sectors for better preparedness of excess-heat challenges in a changing climate.