18 students

This second module aims providing theoretical and practical knowledge on sources of regional predictability, climate models used for seasonal forecasting and on downscaling techniques.
The climate of the Mediterranean region is largely forced by large-scale circulation patterns. The time and space behavior of the regional features associated with large scale forcing is complex. Teleconnections with global scale patterns are shaped by the complex Mediterranean orography and land-sea distribution, and determine the presence of meso-scale structures and inter-seasonal variability of regional atmospheric patterns. Therefore, the climate presents a large spatio-temporal variability: synoptic to mesoscale spatial variability, and inter-seasonal and multi-decadal to centennial time variability. All these characteristics make the seasonal forecasting in the Mediterranean a challenge.

This module allows students:

  • Understanding how forecasts are produced using Atmospheric General Circulation Models, including methodology, results and biases
  • Learning about the main sources of predictability in the Mediterranean region
  • Learning about Downscaling Techniques
  • Having insight of some application through case studies


This module requires some knowledge about Climate Models.
If you want to test your knowledge, before you begin, you can access the MetEd pre-assessment test. MetEd is a free collection of training resources for the geoscience community. Please note that the MetEd website requires registration.


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