Ricardo Trigo

Senior Researcher IDL and Lecturer


Instituto Dom Luiz
Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa
Campo Grande, Edf. C8, Piso 3, Sala 8.3.03
1749-016 Lisboa
Phone: +351 217500855

Areas of Scientific activity

Climatology, Hydrology, Heatwaves, Droughts, Landslides, Solar variability and volcanic impacts


Ricardo Trigo is currently a Senior Researcher and Group leader at the Institute Dom Luis (IDL), Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon. He has published extensively in complementary areas of research, namely: evaluation of different types of weather driven natural hazards with particular emphasis to floods, droughts, landslides, heatwaves and wildfires. In particular how these phenomena are related to large teleconection patterns (e.g. the North Atlantic Oscillation, the Eastern Atlantic pattern, the Western Mediterranean Oscillation) and also how climate change scenarios may alter their frequency or amplitude.

He is a member of the Drought Interest Group (DIG) run jointly by the Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) and Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment (GEWEX). Ricardo Trigo has participated as PI in several recent EU funded projects such; CIRCE, FUME and ERA-CLIM. Since 2006 he has been a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of MedCLIVAR Program funded by ESF. In 2008 he was awarded with the International Journal of Climatology Prize endorsed by the Royal Meteorological Society, UK. In 2011 he edited the book "Hydrological, Socioeconomic and Ecological impacts of the North Atlantic Oscillation in the Mediterranean Region" published by Springer.

Short Curriculum Vitae


  • 1996-2000: Ph.D. Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia, UK.
  • 1993-1996: M.Sc. in Meteorology, Dep. of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon.
  • 1987-1992: First degree in Geophysical Sciences, Dep. of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon.


  • Senior Research Associate at the Laboratório Associado IDL of the University of Lisbon. Coordinator of the Climate variability and Climate Change Group.
  • Professor of climatology at the Faculty of Sciences, University Lisbon.

Awards and honors

  • International Journal of Climatology prize (2008) awarded by the Royal Meteorological Society (UK) and endowed by John Wiley publishers. Citation can be seen at the Royal Meteorological Society site: Journal of Climatology prize
  • International Meteorological Prize Eduard Fontserè (2013) awarded by the Catalan Association of Meteorology (2013) for participating in the paper "Trends and extremes of drought indices throughout the 20th century in the Mediterranean" published in the journal Natural Hazards and Earth Sciences.
  • The Earth Sciences Prize (2017) awarded by the University of Lisbon/Caixa Geral de Depósitos Prize for the publication record between 2012 and 2016.