Gabriele Messori

Gabriele Messori (Young Scientist Awardee 2021)

Gabriele Messori, Italy/Sweden, receives the YSA award for his ground-breaking contribution to the understanding of planetary wave-breaking, storm-track variability and their link to mid- and high-latitude weather extremes.

Gabriele Messori was nominated with the publication: On the Drivers of Wintertime Temperature Extremes in the High Arctic, 2018, G. Messori, C. Woods, R. Caballero, J. Climate, 31, DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-17-0386.1

Gabriele Messori obtained his masters degree in theoretical physics from Imperial College London in 2010, and three years later obtained his Ph. D. in atmospheric physics from the same institution. Since then, he has held a postdoctoral position and a research fellowship at Stockholm University and a permanent researcher position at the United Kingdom’s Met Office. He is currently Associate Professor in Meteorology at Uppsala University in Sweden, where he leads an ERC grant and an H2020 ITN grant.
Gabriele’s research focuses on linking large-scale atmospheric dynamics to mid and high-latitude weather extremes, and tackles two crucial challenges in modern climate science: namely to characterize the physical drivers of societally and economically relevant extreme events and enhance our ability to predict them. His work has spanned processes ranging from storm track and jet-stream variability to recurring planetary wave patterns and atmospheric energy transport, linking these to a broad range of weather extremes including windstorms, heatwaves, cold spells, heavy precipitation and flooding, and compound extremes.
In parallel with his research activity, Gabriele has been an active communicator, coordinating meteorology activities at science fairs, co-creating a scientific comic strip for schools and collaborating with several online scientific blogs and sites.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2020: Docent in Meteorology, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • 2010 –2014: Ph. D. in Atmospheric Physics, Dept. of Physics, Imperial College London
    Thesis title: The Sporadic Nature of Meridional Heat Transport in the Atmosphere
  • 2010: M. Sci. in Theoretical Physics, Dept. of Physics, Imperial College London, U. K., 1st Class Honours


  • Since 2018: Associate Professor in Meteorology, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • 2016 – 2018: Researcher, Dept. of Meteorology, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • 2017: Visiting Researcher, LSCE/IPSL – CNRS, France
  • 2015 – 2016: Research Scientist (Permanent), Met Office Hadley Centre, U. K.
  • 2014 – 2015: Post-doctoral Researcher, Dept. of Meteorology, Stockholm University, Sweden

Grants and Fellowships

  • 2021 – 2026: ERC Starting Grant (Sole PI), European Research Council: compound Climate
    Extremes in North America and Europe: from dynamics to predictability
  • 2021 – 2025: H2020 ITN Grant (Lead PI/Coordinator), Research Executive Agency: European weather Extremes: Drivers, Predictability and Impacts
  • 2019 – 2021: Research Grant (Lead PI), Swedish Research Council FORMAS: Large-Scale Atmospheric Variability driving changes in the Terrestrial Carbon Cycle and Storage
  • 2018 – 2020: Research Grant (PI for Sweden), Swedish Foundation for Int. Cooperation in Research and Higher Education: Atmospheric Extremes in the Antarctic Marginal Ice Zone, Co-funding from the South-Africa Sweden University Forum
  • 2017 – 2020 Establishment Grant (Sole PI), Swedish Research Council VR: Large-Scale Organisation of Extreme Weather over Europe and North America
  • 2016 – 2017 Research Fellowship, Dept. of Meteorology, Stockholm University, Sweden

Other Activities:

  • Since 2021: EGU Science Officer Climate Division, member of the Division Medal Committee
  • Since 2020: Coordinator, Meteorology outreach at Sci Fest
  • Since 2019: Editor, Earth System Dynamics
  • 2018 – 2021: EGU ECS co-representative for the Climate Division, member of the EGU Climate Blog editorial group
  • Since 2014: Member of the Scientific
  • 2014: Founder of ClimateSnack Stockholm