Doctoral student at TU Freiberg researches climate change and its effects on the weather

Pedro Herrera Lormendez at his desk.
Pedro Herrera Lormendez is a doctoral student at the TU Freiberg and one of a total of 12 young researchers in the international training project "Climate Advanced Forecasting of sub-seasonal Extremes" (C.A.F.E.). There he is working on weather patterns and their changes due to climate change.

Since November 2019, the Mexican PhD student is at the Interdisciplinary Ecological Centre of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, where he learn different stuff about climate science, data analysis and climate extremes. Over the next three years, he will study large-scale weather patterns in Europe and analyse their changes: "This will enable me to identify connections with new climate phenomena and extreme events and to understand how these extreme weather events are triggered on the continent," explains Lormendez. Such events include, for example, heat waves, droughts, extreme precipitation and storm surges, which have enormous social and economic impacts and are expected to increase in the coming decades due to global warming.

He will be supervised by Prof. Jörg Matschullat of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg and Dr. Hervé Douville of the French Meteorological Service.

In order to broaden the knowledge of the young researchers, they meet in various workshops and do internships at other research institutions. It was not until November 2019 that they all met at the 1st C.A.F.E. School in Barcelona. "In 10 intensive days we received further training in data science, teamwork, atmospheric physics and other climate-related topics. Now I can understand the first results of my research even better and link them to the atmospheric processes that control these changes," explains Lormendez.

Above all, he hopes that his research will yield important results that will improve our understanding of the changing climate and provide him with a valuable network of people with whom he can continue to work in the future to tackle the challenges of the coming decades. To this end, he will visit the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Météo-France in Toulouse, ARIA Technologies in Paris and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona for research stays over the next three years.

C.A.F.E. is part of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie training network with ten international partners.  The project is funded by the EU with more than 3 million Euros within the EU research framework programme "Horizon 2020" and deals with possibilities of improving forecasting of extreme weather in connection with climate change.

Further information:

Prof. Jörg Matschullat, Phone: +49 3731 / 39-3399