ICTP Colloquium 30 May

Climate scientist Carolina Vera to speak
ICTP Colloquium 30 May

On Monday 30 May, ICTP will host a colloquium by climate scientist Carolina Vera of the University of Buenos Aires on "The Interplay between Natural Variability and Anthropogenic Climate Change at Regional Scales". The talk starts at 16:00 and will take place online and in ICTP's Budinich Lecture Hall.

Variability in regional climate arises from natural and anthropogenic forcings, internal variability including the local expression of large-scale remote drivers, and the feedbacks between them. Due to the many possible drivers of variability and change, quantifying the interplay between internal variability and any externally forced component is crucial in attempts to attribute causes of regional climate changes and to increase the confidence on future regional climate change information. In her talk, Vera will first briefly introduce the sources of regional variability that can be grouped in forcings controlling regional climate and the internal drivers of regional climate variability. She will discuss ways of managing uncertainties in regional climate change information and how to identify the physical causes of past and future regional climate change. She will then present a regional climate change attribution study of precipitation trend in a specific region and discuss the robustness and emergence of anthropogenic signal in future regional climate change. She will end by presenting the storylines methodology as a way of constructing regional climate information providing a set of physically coherent descriptions of plausible future changes at regional scales.

Carolina Vera is full professor at the School of Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires and principal researcher of the Argentina National Council of Sciences (CONICET). She is currently vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change's Working Group I. She has extensive research experience on understanding, simulating and predicting climate variability and change and its impact on socioeconomic sectors, like agriculture. She has served on a number of international panels, including the Scientific Advisory Panel of the World Meteorological Organization. Vera is a member of the ICTP Scientific Council as of this year.

Those who wish to follow the talk online should register in advance at

Those attending the colloquium in person should note that the seating capacity in the Budinich Lecture Hall is limited to 130 seats; the use of masks is required.

The talk will be followed by a question and answer session, and light refreshments will be served on the Leonardo Building Terrace shortly after.

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