Climate Extremes in Eastern Mediterranean - Flash Floods and Droughts

Case Study: Island of Crete

Climate change is altering the frequency and severity of many extreme
weather events, such as floods, droughts.  Synoptic Meteorological Analysis
reveals that intense frontal depressions advancing through the Eastern
Mediterranean causing severe downpours and flash floods.  One the other
hand, rainfall is significantly below normal recorded levels for a long time
causing droughts.  These phenomena are presented for the island of Crete.
Climate models indicate that currently rare extreme events will intensify,
i.e., precipitation, on average, is likely to be less frequent but more
intense and droughts are likely to become more frequent and severe in some
regions.  Accurate forecasting of all these changes is very important to
sustainable water resources management.




15:15 Uhr


Bundesstr. 53, room 022/023
Seminar Room 022/023, Ground Floor, Bundesstrasse 53, 20146 Hamburg, Hamburg


Ioannis K. Tsanis, Technical University of Crete


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