EGU Topical Conference Series
14th EGU Plinius Conference on Mediterranean Storms and MEDEX Final Conference
Palma de Mallorca | Spain | 13 – 15 November 2012

Objectives of the Conference

The Plinius Conferences on Mediterranean Storms were born in 1999, as an initiative of Prof. Franco Siccardi (CIMA, Italy), with the support of the EGU Natural Hazards Division, in those times directed by Maria Carmen Llasat (UB, Spain). The Plinius Conferences are interdisciplinary meetings in which the exchange of new ideas and results about the Mediterranean Storms and their hydrological, geological, marine or social consequences takes place.

During years the Plinius Conferences have been associated with the project MEDEX. MEDEX has been an international project on cyclones that produce high impact weather in the Mediterranean, endorsed by WMO-WWRP in its first phase and framed into the WMO-WWRP-THORPEX during its second phase. The objectives and topics of the Plinius Conferences and of MEDEX largely overlap. Most MEDEX results have been presented at the Plinius Conferences and various MEDEX meetings have been held during them. MEDEX finished in 2010 and now is time for a Final Conference on MEDEX. The committee found it convenient to have this final conference together with the Plinius Conference.

The Plinius Conferences are usually organised in sessions, according to specific topics. The topics foreseen for this 14th edition are:

  1. Social impacts of the Mediterranean storms.
  2. Mediterranean storms monitoring.
  3. Diagnosis and prediction of the Mediterranean storms.
  4. Hydrometeorology and hydrology of the Mediterranean storms.
  5. Geological and marine consequences of the Mediterranean storms.
  6. Specific session on MEDEX.

If possible, some time would be reserved for an initial debriefing of the HyMeX SOP1, the first field phase of the HyMeX, which will be finished by the beginning of November.