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Prof. Michel ERPICUM

Prof. Michel ERPICUM

Head of the Laboratory of Climatology



University of Liège


Department of Geography


2, Allée du 6 Août, B.11

SART TILMAN – 4000 Liège, Belgium

Phone: +32 (0)4 3665221
Fax: +32 (0)4 3665722


A full updated in 2007 CV can be found at: Erpicum CV

The video portrait of Michel ERPICUM is available here (in french) : video



  • Topoclimatology (at local and subregional scale)
Urban and rural implications and consequences of characteristics of air masses and weather types on the spatial and temporal variability of various components of the climate (temperature, precipitation, wind ...).
Consideration of synoptic weather situations and research of indices representing the analysed situations.
Numerous publications, impact studies and diverse expertise.
  • Regional climatology : adapted to climate variability (over Belgium and French departments)
Some methodological publications.
Supervision of many Master theses and student works and a few PhD theses.
Expert missions and research contracts.
  • Macroclimatology (at continental, hemispheric and planetary scales)
Development of automatic circulation pattern classifications at various spatial scales.
Supervision of Master theses and student work on the greenhouse effect, climate change and phenomena related to climatic oscillations (El Nino Southern Oscillation and North Atlantic Oscillation).
  • Intertropical climatology
Some scientific missions and publications in Sahelian Africa and Central Africa.
Expert missions on tropical cyclone tracking in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
Supervision of work of students and PhD theses.
  • Applied climatology
Expertise in various incidence, potential and prediction studies, for wind and solar energy.
Weather expertise for the Administrations of Justice, Infrastructure and Transport, and the Division of Forestry and Nature.
Relationships between climate and fire prevention in the area of herbaceous vegetation and forests


Master and PhD theses supervised by Prof. M. Erpicum.