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Cold Spells, Heatwaves and Droughts

Cold spells, heatwaves, and droughts are examples of long lasting high-impact weather events. These types of persistent weather events have a huge social and economic impact on our lives, from our food and water supply to our health.

Cold spells, heatwaves and droughts are caused by air circulation patterns in our atmosphere. We are investigating how these patterns develop, how we can predict them, and how climate change will affect our atmosphere.

Our approach combines computer simulations of the atmosphere, long-term measurements collected from around the world, and developing new tools to characterise the properties of the atmosphere.