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Carmelo Dazzi (Italy)

Short Biography

Carmelo Dazzi is Full Professor of Pedology at the University of Palermo (IT) and Honorary Professor of the Universidad Nacional de San Agustin de Arequipa, Peru.

His scientific research take into consideration mainly the genesis, classification and mapping of soils and their evaluation; the soil-plant relationships in xeric environments; soil degradation and desertification; anthropogenic soils, pedodiversity and pedo-ethnology.

He is member of the "Panel for Soil Quality" of the Italian Ministry of Agriculture; member of the Committee of International Referees of ATLAS Project - Atlas of Soil Quality Indicators, Italian Ministry of Agriculture.

He chaired several national and international conferences and congresses and was also invited speakers in 15 national and international congresses and symposia. He has published more than two hundred articles in national and international journals and edited 5 books. He has coordinated and/or participated in more than 15 national and international research projects.

He is the President of the European Society for Soil Conservation (ESSC) and the Vice-President of the Italian Society of Soil Science.


Joaquim G. Pinto (Germany/England)

Short Biography

Name: Dr. Joaquim José Ginete Werner Pinto
Present Appointment: Ass. Professor, Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, UK
Email/Phone: j.g.pinto@reading.ac.uk / 0044-118-3785064
Further Affiliation: Institute for Geophysics and Meteorology, University of Cologne, Germany
Email/Phone: jpinto@meteo.uni-koeln.de/ 0049-221-4703691

Education and Qualifications
06/1996 Licenciate University of Lisbon, Portugal
07/2002 Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) University of Cologne, Germany
07/2011 Habilitation University of Cologne, Germany

1996-1998 Scientific research assistant at ICAT, University of Lisbon, Portugal
1998-2002 PhD student at IGMK, University of Cologne, Germany
2002-2011 Scientific assistant at IGMK, University of Cologne, Germany
Since 2011 Privatdozent (lecturer) and Research Group Leader at IGMK, University of Cologne, Germany
Since 2013 Associate Professor in regional climate and synoptic meteorology at Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, UK

Research Prizes 2008: The Gordon Manley Weather Prize of the Royal Meteorological Society for 2007, presented in 2008. Prize received together with other IGMK colleagues

Selected recent peer review papers:
Born K, Ludwig P, Pinto JG (2012) Wind gust estimation for Mid-European winter storms: towards a probabilistic view. Tellus A 64:17471 doi:10.3402/tellusa.v64i0.17471
Fink AH, Brücher T, Ermert V, Krüger A, Pinto JG (2009) The European storm Kyrill in January 2007: synoptic evolution and considerations with respect to climate change. Nat Hazards Earth Syst Sci 9:405-423.
Held H, et al. (incl. Pinto JG) (2013) Projections of global warming-induced impacts on winter storm losses in the German private household sector. Clim Change 121:195-207
Ludwig P, Pinto JG, Reyers M, Gray SL (2013) The role of anomalous SST and surface fluxes over the Southeastern North Atlantic in the explosive development of windstorm Xynthia. Quart J R Meteorol Soc doi:10.1002/qj.2253
Neu U, et al. (incl. Pinto JG) (2013) IMILAST - a community effort to intercompare extratropical cyclone detection and tracking algorithms. Bull Amer Meteorol Soc 94:529-547
Pinto JG, Karremann MK, Born K, Della-Marta PM, Klawa M (2012) Loss potentials associated with European windstorms under future climate conditions. Clim Res 54:1-20
Pinto JG, Neuhaus CP, Leckebusch GC, Reyers M, Kerschgens M (2010) Estimation of wind storm impacts over West Germany under future climate conditions using a statistical-dynamical downscaling approach Tellus A 62:188-201.
Pinto JG, Raible CC (2012) Past and recent changes in the North Atlantic oscillation. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change 3:79-90 doi:10.1002/wcc.150
Pinto JG, Zacharias S, Fink AH, Leckebusch GC, Ulbrich U (2009) Factors contributing to the development of extreme North Atlantic cyclones and their relationship with the NAO. Clim Dyn 32:711-737.
Ulbrich U, Leckebusch GC, Pinto JG (2009) Extra-tropical cyclones in the present and future climate: a review. Theor Appl Climatol 96:117-131.
Woollings T, Gregory JM, Pinto JG, Reyers M, Brayshaw DJ (2012) Response of the North Atlantic storm track to climate change shaped by ocean-atmosphere coupling. Nature Geoscience 5:313-317 doi:10.1038/ngeo1438

Uwe Ulbrich (Germany)


Short Biography

Uwe Ulbrich
Institute for Meteorology, Freie Universität Berlin

Research Interests

  • Physical understanding of meteorological extreme events, atmospheric variability patterns, climate variability and climate change,

  • Validation of climate models

  • Interdisciplinary research, impacts of meteorological extreme events and the insurance sector

Academic training and professional experience
Since 2012   Vice-Dean for research of the Faculty of Geosciences, Freie Universität Berlin
2007-2011    Acting Director of the Institute of Meteorology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Since 2004    Professor (C3) for General Meteorology, Institute of Meteorology, Freie Universität Berlin
2000             Habilitation in Meteorology, University of Cologne, Germany
1990-2004    Senior Scientist (permanent position), Institute of Meteorology, University of Cologne
1989             Dissertation in Meteorology, University of Cologne, Germany
1985-1990    PhD student and Post-Doc position, University of Cologne
1985             Diploma in Geophysics at the University of Cologne, Germany
1978-1985     Student of Geophysics, University of Cologne, Germany
1985-90          Scientist, Institute of Geophysics und Meteorology, University of Cologne

Awards & Nominations
2008   Gordon Manley Weather Prize of the Royal Meteorological Society (with A. Fink and Co-authors)

Executive editor: „Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences"
Steering committee of the MedCLIVAR project (endorsed by CLIVAR SSG)
Scientific board of the German Comittee for Disaster Reduction DKKV (deputy chair)
Scientific board of the Research forum Public Safety and Security,  Freie Universität Berlin
Committee for Applications of the German National Grid Initiative NGI-DE (representative Geosciences)

Selected peer-reviewed ISI publications
1.     Ulbrich, U., and M. Christoph, 1999: A Shift of the NAO and Increasing Storm Track Activity over Europe due to Anthropogenic Greenhouse Gas Forcing. Climate Dynamics, 15, 551-559.
2.     Eckhardt, K and Ulbrich, U, 2003: Potential impacts of climate change on groundwater recharge and streamflow in a central European low mountain range. J Hydrology, 284, 244-252 DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2003.08.005
3.     Pinto, J. G., Spangehl, T., Ulbrich, U., Speth, P., 2005. Sensitivities of a cyclone detection and tracking algorithm: individual tracks and climatology. Meteorologische Zeitschrift, 14, 823-838
4.     Leckebusch, G.C., Koffi, B., Ulbrich, U., Pinto, J., Spangehl, T., Zacharias, S.: Analysis of frequency and intensity of winter storm events in Europe on synoptic and regional scales from a multi-model perspective. Climate Research, 31, 59-74
5.     Ulbrich U, Pinto JG, Kupfer H, Leckebusch GC, Spangehl T, Reyers M, 2008: Changing northern hemisphere storm tracks in an ensemble of IPCC climate change simulations J. Climate, 21, 1669-1679
6.     Ulbrich, U., G.C. Leckebusch, J. Pinto, 2009: Extra-tropical cyclones in the present and future climate: a review. Theo. Appl. Climatology, 96, 117-131. DOI 10.1007/s00704-008-0083-8.


Probabilistic decadal prediction of extreme events in Europe

Else Marie Friis (Sweden)

Short Biography

Else Marie Friis
Professor of Palaeobotany and Head of Department of Palaeobiology, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm

Female, Born: 18 June 1947, Holstebro, Denmark
Master of Science and Ph. D. (lic. scient.) in geology, University of Aarhus, Denmark

Employment (excluding graduate and post doc experience 1971-1987):
1987-present         Professor of Palaeobotany, Head of Department, Swedish Museum of Natural History
1995         Guest-professor, Inst. Syst. Botany, Univ. Zurich, Switzerland (summer term)
2006-2008         Deputy Director of Science, Swedish Museum of Natural History
2008         Acting Director of Science, Swedish Museum of Natural History
2013-         Head of Department of Palaeobiology, Swedish Museum of Natural History

Board member of several committees, evaluation panels and Research Foundations since 1989
Co-organiser of several international meetings and symposia
Member of editorial boards of several journals
Invited speaker (including plenary and key note) at many international meetings
Member of boards of several scientific associations

Membership of academies
1990         Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters
1996         Royal Swedish Academy of Science
1998         The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
1998         Royal Physiographic Society, Lund, Sweden
2002         The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Other academic distinctions:
1985         Hans Gram Medal, Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters
1992         Nils Rosén Linné Prize in Botany, Royal Physiographic Society, Sweden
1999         Honorary Vice President for the XVI Intern. Bot. Congr., St. Louis, USA
1999         Honorary doctor (filosofie doktor honoris causa), University of Uppsala, Sweden.
2003         Honorary foreign member of the Linnean Society of London
2003         "Excellent researcher 2003" award from the Swedish Research Council
2005         Rolf Dahlgren Prize in Botany, Royal Physiographic Society, Sweden
2007         "Geologist of the year" appointed by the Swedish Association of Scientists
2009         Corresponding Member, Paläontologische Gesellschaft, Germany
2012         Denmarks Geology Prize 2011 from the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (with Kaj Raunsgaard Pedersen)



Fresh water lakes and wetland vegetation during the Cretaceous expansion of flowering plants

José A. do Carmo (Portugal)

Short Biography

José Simão Antunes do Carmo

Graduation in Civil Engineering; Master in Hydraulics and Water Resources; Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences, Civil Engineering area, speciality of Hydraulics and Water Resources; Aggregation in Civil Engineering.
Author of over three dozen papers published in ISI Journals; more than a hundred publications in National and International Congresses; about two dozen papers in National Journals; over four dozen scientific reports; about three dozen opinion articles, and more than two dozen lectures as invited speaker.
Author of the book "Modeling in Fluvial Hydraulics and Environment", and eight book chapters of International Editions.
Co-Editor of three books: "Wastewater treatment" (Eds: G. Krantzberg, A.Tanik, J. Antunes do Carmo & A. Indarto); "River Basin Management III" (Eds: C. Brebbia & J.S. Antunes do Carmo), and "Water Pollution VIII: Modelling, Monitoring and Management" (Eds: C. Brebbia & J.S. Antunes do Carmo).
Regular cooperation with several International ISI Journals in reviewing papers submitted for publication, most notably: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, Journal of Advances in Engineering Software, Ocean & Coastal Management, Journal of Coastal Research, Journal of Hydrology and Ecological Modelling.
Member of the Scientific Committee of more than three dozen of National and International Congresses, and Chairman or Member of the Organizing Committee of about two dozen of National and International Congresses.
Scientific Advisor of three Research Programs of undergraduate students pre-Bologna and postdoctoral; eleven Dissertations pre-Bologna; eleven Dissertations post-Bologna, and two Ph.D. Thesis in Civil Engineering, speciality in Hydraulics and Water Resources, in the period October 1997 to December 2013. Scientific Advisor of other graduation projects, and various works/projects prepared under the Erasmus and Socrates programs.
Coordinator of the Graduation Course in Civil Engineering of FCTUC, in the period November 1999 to December 2001.
Coordinator of the "Water, Environment and Development" program, held at the University of Coimbra in the period September 1996 to September 2000; this program included two Masters and several annual Postgraduate Courses.
Coordinator of the Masters Course in "Environmental Engineering", Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra, in the period May 2004 to December 2010.
Member of the Representatives Assembly of FCTUC, in the period 2006-2009, and Member of the Statutory Assembly of FCTUC, in the period November 2008 to May 2009.

Present interests/activities

Scientific Advisor of a Ph.D. Thesis in Environmental Engineering, of a Master's Dissertation on Hydraulics, Water Resources and Environment and a Master's Dissertation on Structural Mechanics.
Director of the Portuguese Water Resources Journal, since July 1998, and Co-Editor of the International Journal of Integrated Coastal Zone Management, since October 2006.
Editorial Board Member of Ocean & Coastal Management Journal, of The Open Ocean Engineering Journal, and of Journal of Integrated Coastal Zone Management.
Advisory Board Member of the Portuguese Journal Territorium.
Member of the Scientific Council of FCTUC, since October 2009.

José Simão Antunes do Carmo
(Associate Professor with Aggregation)
University of Coimbra
FCTUC - Polo II of the University
Department of Civil Engineering
3030-788 Coimbra
Phone: +351 239 797 153
E-mail: jsacarmo@dec.uc.pt



The Challenges for the XXI Century: Water Resources, Human Action, and Sustainable Development



Instituto Terra e Memória

Centre for the Research and Technology of Agro-Enviroment and Biological Sciences

Departamento de Aeronáutica e Transportes