MedCLIVARMedCLIVAR (*) serves as a scientific network to promote better communication among different scientific disciplines and to develop a multidisciplinary vision of the evolution of the Mediterranean climate through studies that integrate atmospheric, marine, and terrestrial climate components at time scales ranging from paleoreconstructions to future climate scenarios. The program deals with scientific issues including past climate variability; connections between the Mediterranean and global climate; Mediterranean Sea circulation and sea level; feedbacks on the global climate system; regional responses to greenhouse gases, air pollution, and aerosols, as well as regional impacts of climate change.

MedCLIVAR has contributed to scientific progress, new scientific synthesis, the education of a new generation of scientists, and the promotion of awareness of the interdisciplinary nature of regional climate change. To ensure future progress, MedCLIVAR aims to continue acting as a neutral forum in which analysis and prioritization of scientific issues are achieved through open discussion and cooperation is strongly promoted.

(*) Lionello, P., Gacic, M., Gomis, D., Garcia-Herrera, R., Giorgi, F., Planton, S., Trigo, R., Theocharis A.,Tsimplis M.N. , Ulbrich U., Xoplaki, E. (2012) Program focuses on climate of the Mediterranean region Eos Trans. AGU 93:105-106.

atoreti sAndrea Toreti has a degree in Mathematics (University of Rome „La Sapienza‟) and obtained his Ph.D. in Climate Sciences at the University of Bern. Since April 2011 he is appointed Assistant Professor at the Justus Liebig University of Giessen (Germany). His research interests are: analysis of climate extremes (e.g. heat waves and torrential rainfall) especially in the frame of the Extreme Value Theory; dynamics of extreme events; change point detection, attribution and correction; Mediterranean climate and climate change issues. During the Conference he has been awarded for “his important contribution to research addressing issues on climate extremes in the Mediterranean region and his active participation to MedCLIVAR activities”.