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The Mediterranean Hot-Spot: Challenges and Responses in a Changing Environment

Head: Prof. Dr. Jürg Luterbacher
Project Description
The Mediterranean basin is located in the transitional zone between the deserts of North Africa, the semi-arid and arid regions of the Middle East and the temperate, continental western and central Europe. The geographic characteristics, climatic and environmental conditions of the region are characterized by gradients and contrasts that also define the social and economic aspects, access to natural resources, as well as cultural and religious traditions.
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This is a place where our students share their experiences! Would you like to join them?
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Upcoming Seminars

19-21 June 2018 : "Climate modeling, Evaluation and Downscaling methods"

Department of Geography, Main Instructors: Dr. Merja Toelle, Dr. Martin Ivanov and Dr. Stella Dafka

1st Day : Climate modeling - Climate system and components - Climatic forcings and feedbacks - Timescales - Climate models (global and regional) - Model equations - Parameterizations - Model forcings

2nd Day : Evaluation of models performance - Methods and statistical tools (Biases, Skill scores, Taylor diagram) utilizing state-of-the-art datasets - Practical exercises using CDO and R

3rd Day : Introduction to downscaling and overview of Dynamical, Statistical, and Hybrid Downscaling procedures - Dynamical Downscaling methods - Classification of methods for Statistical downscaling

- Registration is completed!

21-23 June 2018 : "Past Climate Variability and dendroclimatology"

Department of Geography, Main Instructors: Dr. Lea Schneider and Dr. Stefanie Talento

1st Day : Natural and forced climate variability, drivers and mechanisms from millennial (orbital) to interdecadal and interannual scales

2nd Day : Field trip, tree-ring sampling for dendrochronological purposes

3rd Day : Analysis of tree-ring samples, measurements and production of tree-ring chronologies for climate reconstructions at the Tree Ring Lab at the University of Mainz - Registration is completed!

02-07 May 2018: "Introduction to Climate Change Methods"

Department of Geography, Main Instructor: Dr. Elena Xoplaki - Registration is completed!

23 July - 3 August & 9 - 10 August 2018: "Python for Environmental Scientists"

Research Centre for BioSystems, Land Use and Nutrition, Main Instructor: Florian Ulrich - Registration is completed!

Kick-off meeting
From March 7-9 the kick-off meeting of the project The Mediterranean Hot-Spot: Challenges and Responses in a Changing Environment took place at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen. This DAAD-funded cooperation between the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) and the Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU) consists of a consortium of different institutes of both universities.
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