Rita Margarida Cardoso

Postdoctoral Fellow


Instituto Dom Luiz
Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa
Campo Grande, Edf. C8, Piso 3, Sala 8.3.01
1749-016 Lisboa
Phone: + 351 217500863

Areas of Scientific activity

Statistical and Dynamical downscaling of climate scenarios and forecasts. Climate Change. Atmosphere-land-sea Interactions



Lima D, Soares PMM, Semedo A, Cardoso RM (2018) A Global View of Coastal Low-Level Wind Jets Using an Ensemble of Reanalyses. Journal of Climate. DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-17-0395.1.

Nikulin G, Asharafb S, Magariñoc ME, Calmantie S, Cardoso RM, Bhend J, Fernández J, Frías MD, Fröhlich K, Frühb B, Herrera S, Manzanas R, José Manuel Gutiérrez JM, Hanssona U, Kolaxa M, Linigerg MA, Soares PMM, Spirig C, Tome R, Wysera K (2018) Dynamical and statistical downscaling of a global seasonal hindcast in eastern Africa. Climate Services, Volume 9 72-85,

Rijo N, Lima DCA, Semedo A, Miranda PMA, Cardoso RM, Soares PMM (2018) Spatial and temporal variability of the Iberian Peninsula coastal low-level jet. IJC, Volume 38, Issue 4,

Gutiérrez JM, Maraun D, Widman M, Huth R, Hertig E, Benestad R, Roessler O, Wibig J, Wilcke R, Kotlarski S, San Martín D, Herrera S, Bedia J, Casanueva A, Manzanas R, Iturbide M, Vrac M, Dubrovsky M, Ribalaygua J, Pórtoles J, Räty O, Räisänen J, Hingray B, Raynaud D, Casado MJ, Ramos P, Zerenner T, Turco M, Bosshard T, Stepánek P, Bartholy J, Pongracz R, Keller DE, Fischer AM, Cardoso RM, Soares PMM, Czernecki B, Pagé C (2018) An intercomparison of a large ensemble of statistical downscaling methods over Europe: Results from the VALUE perfect predictor cross-validation experiment. IJC,

Soares PMM, Cardoso RM (2018) A simple method to assess the added value using high-resolution climate distributions: application to the EURO-CORDEX daily precipitation. Climate Dynamics, (2018),

Russo A, Gouveia CM, Soares PMM, Cardoso RM, Mendes MT, Trigo RM (2018) The unprecedented 2014 Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Portugal: atmospheric driving mechanisms. Int J Biometeorol (2018).

Cardoso RM, Soares PMM, Lima DCA, Miranda PMA (2018) Mean and extreme temperatures in a warming climate: EURO CORDEX and WRF regional climate high-resolution projections for Portugal. Clim Dyn (2018).

Nogueira M, Soares PMM, Tomé R, Cardoso RM (2018) High-resolution multi-model projections of onshore wind resources over Portugal under a changing climate. Theor Appl Climatol (2018),


Knist S, Goergen K, Simmer C, Colette A, Cardoso RM, Fealy R, Fernandez J, Garcia-Diez M, Katragkou E, Krüzselyi I, Mayer S, Soares PMM, Sobolowski S, van Meijgaard E, Vautard R, Warrach-Sagi K, Wulfmeyer V (2017) Land-atmosphere coupling in EURO-CORDEX evaluation experiments. Journal Geophys. Res. Atmos., 122:79–103,

Roessler O, Fischer AM, Huebener H, Maraun D, Benestad RE, Christodoulides P, Soares PMM, Cardoso RM, Pagé C, Kanamaru H, Kreienkamp F, Vlachogiannis D (2017) Challenges to link climate change data provision and user needs - perspective from the COST-action VALUE. Int. J. Climatol. (2017),

Kotlarski S, Szabó P, Herrera S, Räty O, Keuler K, Soares PMM, Cardoso RM, Bosshard T, Pagé C, Boberg F, Gutiérrez JM, Isotta FA, Jaczewski A, Kreienkamp F, Liniger MA, Lussana C, Pianko-Kluczynska K (2017) Observational uncertainty and regional climate model evaluation: a pan-European perspective. Int. J. Climatol. (2017),

Soares PMM, Cardoso RM, Lima DCA, Miranda PMA (2017) Future precipitation in Portugal: high-resolution projections using WRF model and EURO-CORDEX multi-model ensemble. Clim Dyn (2017) 49: 2503.

Soares PMM, Lima DCA, Cardoso RM, Semedo A (2017) High resolution projections for the western Iberian coastal low level jet in a changing climate. Clim Dyn (2017) 49: 1547.

Soares PMM, Lima DCA, Cardoso RM, Nascimento M, Semedo A (2017) Western Iberian offshore wind resources: More or less in a globalwarming climate?. Applied Energy Volume 203, 72-90,


Semedo A, Soares PMM, Lima DCA, Cardoso RM, Bernardino M, Miranda PMA (2016) The impact of Climate Change on the Global Low-Level Wind Jets: EC-EARTH simulations. Global and Planetary Change, 137:88–106, doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2015.12.012

Martins JPA, Cardoso RM, Soares PMM, Trigo I, Belo-Pereira M, Moreira N, Tomé R (2016) The summer diurnal cycle of coastal cloudiness over west Iberia using Meteosat/SEVIRI and a WRF regional climate model simulation. nt. J. Climatol. 36: 1755–1772,

Cardoso RM, Soares PMM, Lima DCA, Semedo A (2016) The impact of climate change on the Iberian low-level wind jet: EURO-CORDEX regional climate simulation. Tellus A: Dynamic Meteorology and Oceanography, 68:1, 29005,

Campaniço H, Soares PMM, Hollmuller P, Cardoso RM (2016) Climatic cooling potential and building cooling demand savings: High resolution spatiotemporal analysis of direct ventilation and evaporative cooling for the Iberian Peninsula. Renewable Energy, 85:766-776,

Renata M.S. Pinto, Akli Benali, Ana C. L. Sá, Paulo M. Fernandes, Pedro M. M. Soares, Rita M. Cardoso, Ricardo M. Trigo, José M. C. Pereira (2016) Probabilistic fire spread forecast as a management tool in an operational setting. SpringerPlus 5:1205 doi: 10.1186/s40064-016-2842-9

Kurz-Besson C., Lousada J. L., Gaspar M. J., Correia I., Soares P. M. M., Cardoso R. M., Russo A., Varino F., Mériaux C., Trigo R.M. and Gouveia C. M. (2016) Effects of Recent Minimum Temperature and Water Deficit Increases on Pinus pinaster Radial Growth and Wood Density in Southern Portugal (special issue "Tree responses to extreme events"). Front Plant Sci. 2016; 7: 1170. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2016.01170.


Almeida M, Rodrigues AC, Coelho PS, Diogo PA, Maurício R, Cardoso RM, Soares PMM (2015) Thermal stratification of Portuguese reservoirs: potential impact of extreme climate scenarios.. Journal of Water and Climate Change, 6(3):544-560, doi:10.2166/wcc.2015.071.

Ranjha R, Tjernström M, Semedo A, Svensson G, Cardoso RM (2015) Structure and Variability of the Oman Coastal Low-Level Jet. Tellus A, 67, 25285.

Katragkou E, García-Díez M, Vautard R, Sobolowski S, Zanis P, Alexandri G, Cardoso RM, Colette A, Fernandez J, Gobiet A, Goergen K, Karacostas T, Knist S, Mayer S, Soares PMM, Pytharoulis I, Tegoulias I, Tsikerdekis A, Jacob D (2015) Regional climate hindcast simulations within EURO-CORDEX: evaluation of a WRF multi-physics ensemble. Geosci. Model Dev., 8, 603-618,

Teles-Machado A, Peliz A, McWilliams JC, Cardoso RM, Soares PMM, Miranda PMA (2015) On the year-to-year changes of the Iberian Poleward Current. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 120(7):4980–4999,

Soares PMM, Cardoso RM, Ferreira JJ, Miranda PMA (2015) Climate change and the Portuguese precipitation: ENSEMBLES regional climate models results. Climate Dynamics, 45-7, 1771-1787,


Boutov D, Peliz A, Miranda PMA, Soares PMM, Cardoso RM, Prieto L, Ruiz J, Garcia-Lafuente J (2014) Inter-annual variability and long term predictability of exchanges through the Strait of Gibraltar. Global and Planetary Change, 114:23–37, doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2013.12.009

Soares PMM, Cardoso RM, Semedo A, Chinita MJ, Ranjha R (2014) Climatology of the Iberia coastal low-level wind jet: weather research forecasting model high-resolution results. Tellus A, 66, 22377,

Fraga H, Malheiro AC, Moutinho-Pereira J, Cardoso RM, Soares PMM, Cancela JJ, Pinto JG, Santos JA (2014) Integrated Analysis of Climate, Soil, Topography and Vegetative Growth in Iberian Viticultural Regions. PLOS ONE 9:e108078, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0108078

Alexandre Rios-Entenza, Pedro M. M. Soares, Ricardo M. Trigo, Rita M. Cardoso, Gonzalo Miguez-Macho (2014) Moisture recycling in the Iberian Peninsula from a regional climate simulation: Spatiotemporal analysis and impact on the precipitation regime. Journal of Geophysical Research. doi: 10.1002/2013JD021274


Peliz A, Boutov D, Cardoso RM, Delgado J, Soares PMM (2013) The Gulf of Cadiz-Alboran Sea sub-basin: Model setup, exchange and seasonal variability. Ocean Modelling, vol. 61, 49–67, doi:10.1016/j.bbr.2011.03.031.

Cardoso RM, Soares PMM, Miranda PMA, Belo-Pereira M (2013) WRF high resolution simulation of Iberian mean and extreme precipitation climate. International Journal of Climatology, Vol. 33, 11, 2591–2608, DOI: 10.1002/joc.3616.


Soares PMM, Cardoso RM, Miranda PMA, de Medeiros J, Belo-Pereira M, Espírito-Santo F (2012) WRF high resolution dynamical downscaling of ERA-Interim for Portugal. Climate Dynamics, 39:2497–2522, DOI: 10.1007/s00382-012-1315-2

Soares PMM, Cardoso RM, Miranda PMA, Viterbo P, Belo-Pereira M (2012) Assessment of the ENSEMBLES regional climate models in the representation of precipitation variability and extremes over Portugal. J. Geophys. Res., 117, D07114, doi:10.1029/2011JD016768


Teixeira M, Miranda PMA, Cardoso RM (2008) Asymptotic gravity wave drag expressions for non-hydrostatic, rotating flow over a ridge.. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 134, 271-276,


Mobbs S, Vosper S, Sheridan P, Cardoso R, Burton R, Arnold S, Hill M, Horlacher V, Gadian A (2005) Observations of downslope winds and rotors in the Falkland Islands. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 131, 329-351,