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STARDEX old news

As news items pass out of date, they will be archived here.

Report by BUWAL and MeteSwiss (Swiss institutions) on the impact of the Summer 2003 heatwave on rivers

Available here (in German with abstracts in English, French and Italian)

Swiss Re report on natural catastrophes

Swiss Re sigma No.1 2004 - Natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in 2003 available here

Munich Re report on natural catastrophes

Munich Re TOPICSgeo - Natural Catastrophes 2003 available here

EGU Nice, 25-30 April 2004

STARDEX partners gave numerous oral and poster presentations at this meeting, many in a session on statistical downscaling organised by Rob Wilby and Hans von Storch/Eduardo Zorita. These presentations, together with those given by MICE and PRUDENCE colleagues are listed here. Copies of some of the STARDEX presentations are available here.

Overview of STARDEX in "The Eggs"

The online newletter of the E.G.U. has an article giving an overview of STARDEX and some preliminary results. The article is available here.

WHO Report on Heat-Wave Risks and Responses

A report by the German Weather Service, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and WHO/Europe can be found here.

EGS Meeting

A list of presentations relating to STARDEX, PRUDENCE and MICE at the 2003 EGS meeting is available here

XXVII General Assembly of the European Geophysical Society (EGS), 21-26 April 2002, Nice, France

A number of STARDEX participants will be attending the 2002 EGS Assembly, including Hans Caspary who will give an oral presentation Adobe Portable Document Format file on "Major river floods and severe winter storms linked to changes of the atmospheric circulation across Europe" in the Natural Hazard session NH2.03 on "Meteorological and hydrological hazards: diagnosis, modelling and forecasting" (Monday 22 April, 11:15, Gallieni 5, Nice Acropolis Congress Centre).

Jens Hesselbjerg Christensen is organizing an informal splinter meeting for STARDEX, PRUDENCE and MICE participants on Thursday 25 April (16:00-18:00 and 20:00-22:00 in M11, Nice Acropolis Congress Centre). Further details will be circulated to project participants beforehand.


A brochure outlining these three projects is now available.
Please contact the STARDEX co-ordinator ( for copies.

STARDEX Diagnostic Extremes Indices Software

This project deliverable is now freely available for downloading (see below).

Summer 2003 Heatwave

Meteo France have produced reports discussing the Summer 2003 heatwave. Copies (in French) are available here and here.

Royal Meteorological Society Meeting

Clare Goodess presented an overview of STARDEX at the Royal Meteorological Society meeting in Norwich, 1st-5th September, 2003. Clare's presentation is available here

Swiss Re report

A report on 'Opportunities and Risks of Climate Change' by the Swiss Re reinsurance company can be downloaded from

Last updated: January 2004, Malcolm Haylock