CARLOFFF

Convective Atmospheres: linking Radar-based event descriptors and LOsses From Flash Floods

Radarkarten von Niederschlagsereignissen
Picture: Maik Heistermann

Project promoter:

BMBF (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung)

Duration:

2020 - 2023

Project description:

This project is part of the large joint research project ClimXtremefunded by the BMBF.  The ClimXtreme consortium as a whole deals with extreme weather events in climate change. Among other things, processes (Module A), statistics (Module B) and impacts (Module C) are considered. The CARLOFFF sub-project carried out by the University of Potsdam is part of Module C.

CARLOFFF is the abbreviation for Convective Atmospheres: linking Radar-based event descriptors and LOsses from Flash Floods. The project aims to compile a catalogue of potentially impact-relevant convective heavy rainfall events from radar observations over the last 20 years and to characterise the spatio-temporal properties of these events. In another catalogue, impacts of heavy rain and flash floods are compiled. By comparing the two catalogues, we will be able to determine the relevant event properties. The assignment of these properties to large-scale circulation patterns could provide us with information on how the frequency and magnitude of such impact-relevant events have changed in the past or could change in the future due to global warming.

Radarkarten von Niederschlagsereignissen
Picture: Maik Heistermann