SEMINÁRIOS: 1) “Modelling Spatial Extreme Events” e 2) “Regression Type Models for Extremal Dependence”


  • 1) Prof. Jonathan Tawn – Lancaster University, UK – 2) Prof. Miguel de Carvalho – School of Mathematics – University of Edinburgh, Uk
  • FCUL – Campo Grande – Bloco C6 Piso 4 – Sala: 6.4.30- 14:30h – 17:30h – (1º seminário 14:30h e 2º seminário 16h)
  • Quarta-feira, 6 de Junho de 2018
  • Referência Projeto: Projecto FCT: UID/MAT/00006/2013
 1º Seminário:



When assessing the risk posed by environmental processes it is necessary to consider not only the extreme values of the process at separate sites but also the spatial extent of the extreme values in the same event. This spatial information is vital for assessing losses for the insurance industry from flooding or for determining the risk of heatwaves. Clearly events that have a more localized spatial extent to the extreme values will tend to have less severe impacts; so efficient estimation of the spatial behavior of the process is essential for risk assessment.

Extreme value theory provides a very flexible class of asymptotically justified probability distributions to describe the behaviour of the extreme values. In the univariate case the well-established class of distributions fully described by a 3 parameter class of models. This parsimony and flexibly provides a strong basis for modelling. In multivariate and spatial extremes the dependence structure also has critical structure imposed on it by focusing on extreme events. The nature of the structure imposed though depends on the form of the asymptotic argument used and in no case is it fully parameterized.

For spatial modelling of extreme values one asymptotic approach has led to the class of max-stable processes being widely used.  A major weakness of these max-stable models is that the spatial profile of events is independent of their peak magnitude. However, for many processes (such as all Gaussian processes) the extreme events becoming increasingly localized as the magnitude of the events become more extreme. In this talk I will introduce spatial extreme value processes that allow for both these of types of spatial extreme process.  The properties of these models will be illustrated with applications to the risk assessment for river-flows, heatwaves and offshore waves.


Coffee break:

(15:30h – 16:00h)


2º Seminário:



In this talk I will discuss a vector generalised additive modelling framework for taking into account the effect of covariates on angular density functions in a multivariate extreme value context. The proposed methods are tailored for settings where the dependence between extreme values may change according to covariates. We devise a maximum penalized log-likelihood estimator, discuss details of the estimation procedure, and derive its consistency and asymptotic normality. The simulation study suggests that the proposed methods perform well in a wealth of simulation scenarios by accurately recovering the true covariate-adjusted angular density. Our empirical analysis reveals relevant dynamics of the dependence between extreme air temperatures in two alpine resorts during the winter season.

Joint work with L. Mhalla and V. Chavez-Demoulin.