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Workshop on "Atmospheric blocking and environmental extremes - past, present, future"


Date: 20th October 2022

Venue: AWI Potsdam

Contact Persons: Dörthe Handorf, Ulrike Herzschuh, Liv Heinecke (Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI))

Dear members of the Geo.X network,

herewith we would like to invite you to a one-day workshop on 20th of October 2022 at AWI Potsdam with the topic:

"Atmospheric blocking and environmental extremes - past, present, future"

funded by the "Geo.X - Grow your Ideas" call. The aim of our workshop is to develop future collaborations between different Geo.X partners on the topic of atmospheric blockings, focusing on the interactions of blockings with different types of extreme events and the underlying physical mechanisms on different spatial and temporal scales (see also the teaser in the attachment).

Workshop structure

9:00 – 10:30
Introduction     Ulrike Herzschuh (AWI, Section Polar Terrestrial Environmental Systems)
                        Dörthe Handorf (AWI, Section Atmospheric Physics)

Keynote presentations by
                        Stephan Pfahl (FU Berlin, Institute for Meteorology)
                        Henning Rust (FU Berlin, Institute for Meteorology)
                        Thorsten Wagener (University Potsdam, Institute of Environmental Sciences and Geography)
                        Bruno Merz, (GFZ, Section Hydrology)
                        Jürgen Kurths (PIK, Research Department “Complexity Science”)

10:30-11:00      Coffee Break

11:00-12:30      Presentations from workshop participants

12:30-13:30      Lunch

13:30-15:30      Discussion and development of ideas for future collaborations

16:00-17:00      Summary and further steps


We invite all interested researchers of the Geo.X network to this workshop. Please register no later than 10.10.2022 via e-mail to

Please indicate your name, affiliation, and if you would like to contribute with a short presentation (once we know how many people wish to present, we will get back to you with more information).

Best regards
Dörthe Handorf, Ulrike Herzschuh and Liv Heinecke