Margarida Liberato

Senior Researcher


Areas of Scientific activity

Climatology, climate variability and change, extratropical cyclones, extreme events (windstorms, floods, droughts), natural hazards and impacts, water resources, Stratospheric-Tropospheric dynamical coupling



Margarida L. R. Liberato, Irene Montero, Célia Gouveia, Ana Russo, Alexandre M. Ramos, and Ricardo M. Trigo (2021) Rankings of extreme and widespread dry and wet events in the Iberian Peninsula between 1901 and 2016. Earth Syst. Dynam., 12, 197–210. DOI: 10.5194/esd-12-197-2021


Ramos AM, Trigo RM, Tomé R, Liberato MLR (2018) Impacts of Atmospheric Rivers in Extreme Precipitation on the European Macaronesian Islands. Atmosphere 2018, 9, 325,

Eiras-Barca J, Ramos AM, Pinto JG, Trigo RM, Liberato MLR, Miguez-Macho G (2018) The concurrence of atmospheric rivers and explosive cyclogenesis in the North Atlantic and North Pacific basins. EGU Earth System Dynamics,


Pedro M. Sousa, Ricardo M. Trigo, David Barriopedro, Pedro M. M. Soares, Alexandre M. Ramos, Margarida L. R. Liberato (2017) Responses of European precipitation distributions and regimes to different blocking locations. Clim Dyn, DOI: 10.1007/s00382-016-3132-5


Piero Lionello, Isabel F. Trigo, Victoria Gil, Margarida L. R. Liberato, Katrin M. Nissen, Joaquim G. Pinto, Christoph C. Raible, Marco Reale, Annalisa Tanzarella, Ricardo M. Trigo, Sven Ulbrich & Uwe Ulbrich (2016) Objective climatology of cyclones in the Mediterranean region: a consensus view among methods with different system identification and tracking criteria. Dynamic Meteorology and Oceanography, 68:1, 29391. doi: 10.3402/tellusa.v68.29391

Liberato M. L. R., Ramos A. M., Gouveia C. M., Sousa P., Russo A., Trigo R.M., Santo F.E. (2017) Exceptionally extreme drought in Madeira Archipelago in 2012: Vegetation impacts and driving conditions. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, doi: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2016.08.010

Gouveia C. M., Bistinas I., Liberato M.L.R., Bastos A., Koutsiasd N., Trigo R. (2016) The outstanding synergy between drought, heatwaves and fuel on the2007 Southern Greece exceptional fire season. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 218–219 (2016) 135–145


Russo A., Gouveia C., Trigo R., Liberato M.L.R., DaCamara C. C. (2015) The influence of circulation weather patterns at different spatial scales on drought variability in the Iberian Peninsula. Front. Environ. Sci.

Ramos A.M., Trigo R.M., Liberato M.L.R., Tomé R. (2015) Daily precipitation extreme events in the Iberian Peninsula and its association with Atmospheric Rivers. Journal of Hydrometeorology


Ramos A.M., Trigo R.M., Liberato M. L. R (2014) A ranking of high-resolution daily precipitation extreme events for the Iberian Peninsula. Atmospheric Science Letters, DOI: 10.1002/asl2.507


Neu U., Akperov M.G., Bellenbaum N., Benestad R.S., Blender R., Caballero R., Cocozza A., Dacre H.F., Feng Y., Fraedrich K., Grieger J., Gulev S., Hanley J., Hewson T., Inatsu M., Keay K., Kew S.F., Kindem I., Leckebusch G.C., Liberato M.L.R., Lionello P., Mokhov I.I., Pinto J.G., Raible C.C., Reale M., Rudeva I., Schuster M., Simmonds I., Sinclair (2013) IMILAST A Community Effort to Intercompare Extratropical Cyclone Detection and Tracking Algorithms. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 94(4), 529-547

Ulbrich U., Leckebusch G.C., Grieger J., Schuster M., Akperov M., Bardin M. Yu, Feng Y., Gulev S., Inatsu M., Keay K., Kew S.F., Liberato M.L.R., Lionello P., Mokhov I.I., Neu U., Pinto J.G., Raible C.C., Reale M., Rudeva I., Simmonds I., Tilinina N.D., Trigo I.F., Ulbrich S., Wang X.L., Wernli H. and THE IMILAST TEAM (2013) Are Greenhouse Gas Signals of Northern Hemisphere winter extra-tropical cyclone activity dependent on the identification and tracking methodology?. Meteorologische Zeitschrift

Liberato M.L.R., Pinto J.G., Trigo R.M., Ludwig P., Ordóñez P., Yuen D., Trigo I.F. (2013) Explosive development of winter storm Xynthia over the subtropical North Atlantic Ocean. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 13, 2239-2251

Amraoui M., Liberato M. L. R., Calado T. M., DaCamara C. C., Pinto-Coelho L., Trigo R. M., Gouveia C. M. (2013) Fire activity over Mediterranean Europe based on information from Meteosat-8. Forest Ecology and Management, 294, 62-75, 2013


Liberato M. L. R., Ramos A. M., Trigo R. M., Trigo I. F., Durán-Quesada A. M., Nieto R., Gimeno L. (2012) Moisture Sources and Large-Scale Dynamics Associated With a Flash Flood Event. Lagrangian Modeling of the Atmosphere, Geophysical Monograph Series. DOI: 10.1029/2012GM001244


Liberato M.L.R., Paoletti E., DaCamara C.C. (2011) Climate Changes and Forests. Forest Ecology and Management 262 vii-ix, doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2011.09.014

Gouveia C, Liberato M.L.R., DaCamara C.C., Trigo, R.M., Ramos A.M. (2011) Modelling past and future wine production in the Portuguese Douro Valley. Climate Research (in press)

Liberato M.L.R., Pinto J.G., Trigo I.F., Trigo R.M. (2011) Klaus - an exceptional winter storm over Northern Iberia and Southern France. Weather, DOI: 10.1002/wea.755

Vicente-Serrano S.M., Trigo, R.M., Liberato M.L.R., López-Moreno J.I., Lorenzo-Lacruz J., Beguería S., Morán-Tejeda H., El Kenawy A. (2011) Extreme winter precipitation in the Iberian Peninsula, 2010: anomalies, driving mechanisms and future projections. Climate Research , 46, 51-65, doi: 10.3354/cr00977


Castanheira J. M., Añel J. A., Marques C. A. F., Antuña, J. C., Liberato M. L. R., De La T. L., Gimeno L. (2010) Corrigendum to "Increase of upper troposphere/lower stratosphere wave baroclinicity during the second half of the 20th century" published in Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 9143–9153, 2009. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 10, 18: 9057-9058 doi: 10.5194/acp-10-9057-2010


Castanheira J. M., Liberato M. L. R., de la Torre L., Graf H.-F., DaCamara C. C. (2009) Baroclinic Rossby wave forcing and barotropic Rossby wave response to stratospheric vortex variability. J. Atmos. Sci. 66, 902-914 doi: 10.1175/2008JAS2862.1

Castanheira J. M., Añel J. A., Marques C. A. F., Antuña J. C., Liberato M. L. R., de la Torre L., Gimeno L. (2009) Increase of upper troposphere/lower stratosphere wave baroclinicity during the second half of the 20th century. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 9, 9143-9153 doi: 10.5194/acp-9-9143-2009


Castanheira J. M., Liberato M. L. R., de la Torre, L., Graf H.-F., Rocha A. (2008) Annular versus non-annular variability of the Northern Hemisphere atmospheric circulation. J. Climate 21, No. 13, 3180-3190 doi: 10.1175/2007JCLI1960.1


Liberato M. L. R., Castanheira J. M., de la Torre L., DaCamara C. C., Gimeno L. (2007) Wave energy associated with the variability of the stratospheric polar vortex. J. Atmos. Sci. 64, 4, 2683-2694 doi: 10.1175/JAS3978.1

Castanheira J. M., Liberato M. L. R., Marques C. A. F., Graf, H.-F. (2007) Bridging the Annular Mode and North Atlantic Oscillation paradigms. . Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, 112, D19103, 8pp. doi:10.1029/2007JD008477