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Welcome to the network: European Severe Storms Laboratory (ESSL)

by Johanna Zweiger

We are pleased that the European Severe Storms Laboratory (ESSL) has joined our network as an ordinary member. The ESSL is a non-profit research institute specialising in the study of thunderstorms and tornadoes. In addition to traditional scientific activities, the ESSL operates its own Research and Training Centre in Wiener Neustadt (Austria), where meteorologists from all over Europe meet every year to discuss the latest findings on convective processes and to test new meteorological models and systems. These so-called Testbeds are an important contribution to more precise severe weather warnings and to an effective disaster management.

In addition to the training programs, the ESSL organises the European Severe Weather Conference ECSS, which is considered as the meeting place for the scientific community in the field of thunderstorm and tornado research. The next ESCC will take place in the Netherlands in 2025.

The ESSL is also active in documenting extreme weather events in Europe and the entire Mediterranean region. All weather reports are integrated into the European Severe Weather Database (ESWD) operated by the ESSL, which is considered one of the most important sources for European extreme weather research. 
ESSL's represantives within DCNA are ESSL's director Pieter Groenemeijer and ESSL's director of operations Alois M. Holzer:
“ESSL and DCNA have important common goals and interests, and at the same time complement each other in an ideal way. We are trying to use the synergies for activities such as the planned TIM field measurement campaign, which the ESSL is currently taking the lead in preparing. TIM researches the intensification of thunderstorms in Central Europe. We are therefore pleased that we are now part of the DCNA community.”
DCNA's managing director Christian Resch is also pleased about the collaboration:
“The collaboration with the European Severe Storms Laboratory marks a significant step in the research and management of extreme weather phenomena. By sharing knowledge and resources, we can work together to develop innovative solutions and strengthen our ability to deal with extreme weather events.”

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