From Zaventem Airport to Gent Sint-Pieters (main station):
From Gent Sint Pieters to the venue (Harmony hotel):
Q1 | Dry events: What is the effect of local and remote land–atmosphere feedbacks on the onset, evolution and termination of droughts and dry spells?
Current understanding of the physical factors influencing development of abnormally dry conditions suggests the key role of large-scale circulation. However, an increasing number of studies show that land surface state can play an important role, both locally and remotely. However, quantitative evidence on the relevance of land–atmosphere feedbacks on precipitation changes during droughts and dry spells is still lacking.
Q2 | Drying trends: How does the contribution of land–atmosphere feedbacks vary as climate changes and to what degree does it explain drying trends?
Simulations with climate models suggest a key role of soil moisture trends in future climate conditions. However, the exact mechanisms underlying this relationship remain unclear. The effect on precipitation triggering via land feedbacks on the boundary layer evolution is suggested as a potential reason. Fostering collaboration between the climate modelling community and the hydrometeorology community –working at boundary layer and sub-daily scales – can enhance our understanding of these long-term changes.
Alexis Berg (Harvard University) | Niklas Boers (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research) | Dim Coumou (Vrije University of Amsterdam) | Simon Dadson (Oxford University) | Paul Dirmeyer (George Mason University) | Pierre Gentine (Columbia University New York) | Julia Green (LSCE) | Françoise Guichard (CNRM, Meteo France) | Jessica Keune (Ghent University) | Diego Miralles (Ghent University) | Rene Orth (MPI Jena) | Irina Petrova (Ghent University) | Joshua Roundy (University of Kansas) | Dominik Schumacher (Ghent University) | Sonia Seneviratne (ETH Zurich) | Femke Smessaert (Ghent University) | Chris Taylor (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology) | Ryan Teuling (Wageningen University and Research) | Wim Thiery (Vrije University of Brussels) | Ricardo Trigo (University of Lisbon) | Sergio Vicente Serrano (CSIC) | Hendrik Wouters (VITO / Ghent University).
Requirements: model benchmarking and representation