Damocles Workshop / Compound events

13 – 15 January 2021, University of Bern, Switzerland

Workshop description

Compound events result in substantial impacts due to interactions of atmospheric drivers and / or hazards that might be further amplified though societal responses and integration across infrastructure and trade networks. Currently our knowledge on key characteristics, the predictability and the future evolution of compound events is still limited. In addition, compounding effects of societal responses and potential feedbacks are mostly unknown.

The workshop is a follow-up event of the Workshop on Correlated Extremes held at Columbia University in summer 2019 and is organized in the framework of the European COST Action DAMOCLES together with the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research.


The aim of the workshop is to bring together specialists in the fields of atmospheric and climate science, climate impact modelling, statistics, forecasting, hazard prevention and first responders, and structural, societal and ecological vulnerability. The workshop will offer a platform to assess the current state of research, formulate key research question and highlight ways forward. It will foster interdisciplinary exchange and exchange between science and application.

We welcome contributions that advance our understanding of compound events, for instance by

  • discussing fundamental processes behind compound events,
  • introducing and applying statistical methods to quantify the occurrence of compound events,
  • establishing links between impacts and multiple weather and climate hazards,
  • estimating the effect of climate change on compound events,
  • linking compound events with vulnerability,
  • integrating knowledge on compound events in risk management procedures.


Abstract submission: 1.7.2020 – 1.9.2020
Abstract acceptance: 1.10.2020
Registration:  1.10.2020 – 1.11.2020
Registration without abstract submission is possible.

The conference is supported by: