Global Teleconnections - their impact on climate

Global Teleconnections - their impact on climate

The Centre’s Associate Professor and Associate Director for Innovation David Wallom and Applications Coordinator Dr Sarah Sparrow are to speak at the GOTHAM International Summer School this September.

Organized by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), the GOTHAM Summer School (18th-22nd September 2017) will train young scientists on a unique combination of interdisciplinary scientific topics and tools relevant for understanding teleconnections and their role in causing extreme weather events.

Teleconnections are defined by the American Meteorological Society as "a linkage between weather changes occurring in widely separated regions of the globe". Professor Wallom and Dr Sparrow work on the project (CPDN), which runs climate models on thousands of individual home and work computers to help answer questions about how climate change is affecting our world, now and in the future.

GOTHAM is a new project involving CPDN, that aims to identify the relative impact of different teleconnections on regional climate and extreme weather events.

The school, this year themed on Global Teleconnections in the Earth's Climate System – Processes, Modelling and Advanced Analysis Methods, comprises lectures as well as tutorial sessions by some of the world's leading experts in this field. Professor Wallom and Dr Sparrow will be training attendees on data management skills along with how to use CPDN within their scientific experiments.

Specific topics include:
• Global consequences of extreme El Niños
• Mid-latitude weather extremes and the role of tropical, extratropical and Arctic drivers
• Stratosphere dynamics and stratosphere-troposphere interactions
• Internal variability and external drivers of South and East Asian monsoon systems.
• Interactions between global teleconnection patterns
• Data management skills and the use of citizen science platforms (
• Identification of teleconnections using complex systems or network methods.

The Summer School is intended to host 25 young researchers working in relevant topical areas, both from GOTHAM partners and external institutes.

Application processes are to be announced soon at the official website of the Summer School.