seminari corsi meteorologia

Per la serie di seminari in meteorologia ambientale dell’Università di Trento giovedì 7 marzo alle ore 14:30 Claudia Acquistapace, dell’Institute for Geophysics and Meteorology University of Cologne, terrà un seminario dal titolo: Exploiting machine learning to improve our understanding of severe storms over the Alps: EXPATS project’s story and future.

Il seminario si terrà in presenza nell’aula 1P (primo piano) al DICAM – Università di Trento, in via Masiano 77, e sarà possibile seguirlo in streaming su Zoom al seguente link: 

(Meeting ID: 8861175 0340, Passcode: 615808)

Severe thunderstorms are crucial in the expected damages due
to climate change and floods that the EU will face in the 2050s. These
systems, especially in the Alps, produce large hail, heavy rain and
cause landslides and flash floods. The project “Exploiting
spatiotemporal cloud patterns to advance severe storms process
understanding and detection (EXPATS,” was
recently funded by DWD within the IDEAS4S German-Italian cooperation to
improve our understanding of extreme precipitating events over the Alps.
EXPATS will exploit Meteosat second and third-generation satellite data
(MSG, MTG) and ML self-supervised approaches to identify spatiotemporal
cloud evolution patterns that can lead to extreme events and to
characterize large hail spatiotemporal evolution across multi-year
records. ML self-supervised embeddings showed exciting spatial cloud
pattern identification developments from satellite images.
In this talk, we will introduce the main research questions tackled by
the EXPATS research group and introduce you to the tools we use in our
research. We will show some of the challenges we face and some
preliminary results and feasibility tests we performed to identify hail
with the self-supervised machine learning approach.

Claudia’s path starts in Pisa, where she got her bachelor degree
in general Physics, and then went on in Bologna, where she completed her
master in physics focusing on atmosphere with a thesis on satellite
remote sensing of light precipitation in Europe. Then, she moved to
Cologne for completing a PhD within the Marie Curie initial training
network focusing on drizzle detection but this time from the ground,
using cloud radar Doppler spectra, for which she was awarded with the
Reinhard-Süring-Stiftung 2019 Research award.
 She employed her first post-doc to use her observations to evaluate the
performance of the ICON-LEM model. She was then actively taking part in
the EUREC4A measurement campaign as PI on the research vessel Maria S.
Merian, conducting radar ship-based observations of clouds and rain in
the tropics.
Currently she is completing a master in science communication at the
University of Trento and she will soon start her new position as junior
research group leader in Cologne, coming back to satellite remote
sensing, this time for better understanding extreme precipitation events
using machine learning methods.
She is the science communication manager of the PROBE Cost Action and
she also got funding for outreach projects, like the videodocumentary on
women in science “Wetoo: what they don’t tell you [1]” and for the
realization of an outreach video on atmospheric boundary layer [2],
which was awarded by the AISAM association with a communication price.