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Institute of Meteorology and
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Susanna Mohr
Michael Kunz

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3rd European Hail Workshop

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The 3rd European Hail Workshop cannot take place as planned in March 2020. A new date will be announced in time.

In several regions of the world, hailstorms cause considerable damage to buildings, agricultural crops and vehicles. Single events such as on 27/28 July 2013 in Germany can lead to damage of several billion euros. Despite the high loss potential caused by hailstorms, which is still underestimated by large sections of society, knowledge about the detailed reasons for the events, about regional hail probabilities, the associated risks and about the long-term variability and trends caused by climate change is still limited. Furthermore, the forecasting of such events by numerical weather models on different time scales (e.g. nowcasting) is still affected by large uncertainties.

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research), the Mobiliar Lab for Natural Risks and the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Bern, together with the weather services MeteoSwiss and the German Weather Service, are organising a three-day international workshop. The workshop brings together scientists and experts from the fields of atmospheric research, weather services, insurance, economics and agriculture to exchange information on the current state of hail research, to discuss existing deficits and possible solutions in hail modelling and analysis, to promote new cooperation and to strengthen international cooperation.


    1. Convection and hail in a changing climate
    2. Hail damage and damage prevention
    3. Hail climatology, risk, and loss
    4. Hail detection and forecasting
    5. Microphysics and dynamics of hailstorms
    6. Open session for early career scientists (Details)

Confirmed Invited Speakers

  • Julian Brimelow (Environment Canada, Canada)

  • Ian Giammanco (Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, US)

  • Matthew R. Kumjian (The Pennsylvania State University, US)

  • Xiaofei Li (Northwest University in Xi'an, China)

  • Elisa Murillo (University of Oklahoma, US)

  • Anja Rädler (Munich Re, Germany)

  • Simona Trefalt (MeteoSwiss, Switzerland)

  • Marie-Constanze Wellmann (Heidelberg University, Germany)


Travel grants 15 November 2019
Abstract submission 29 November 2019
Registration Extended until 7 February 2020

If you would like to be added to the workshop mailing list for regular updates on important deadlines and information please send an email to ehw2020@imk-tro.kit.edu.

Organisation Team

Michael Kunz (KIT), Olivia Romppainen-Martius (Uni Bern), Susanna Mohr (KIT), Jannik Wilhelm (KIT), Hélène Barras (Uni Bern), Katharina Schröer (MeteoSwiss), Simona Trefalt (MeteoSwiss), Alessandro Hering (MeteoSwiss)

In cooperation with KIT Climate and Environment Center.