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 an Associated Professor at the Geophysics, Geographical Engineering and Energy Department and Director (between 2018 and 2021) of the Associated Laboratory Instituto Dom Luis (IDL), both at the Faculty of Sciences, Univ of Lisbon. He has published extensively (>280 papers, h=71 Scopus, h=83 Google Scholar) in complementary areas of research with particular emphasis Natural Hazards such as Floods, Droughts, Landslides, Heatwaves and Wildfires. In particular how these phenomena are related to climate change or to large-scale patterns such as NAO, Blocking or Atmospheric Rivers. In recent years he has been working increasingly on longer time scales, studying the impact of solar and volcanic variability with both proxy and early meteorological data. Ricardo Trigo has participated in more than 20 national projects, mostly funded by FCT but also by large companies related to energy (REN, EDP, E-Redes) and paper production (Portucel and the Navigator company). He has participated in 12 EU funded projects, including the ongoing ROADMAP and the recent IMDROFLOOD and INDECIS. In 2008 he was awarded with the International Journal of Climatology Prize endorsed by the Royal Met. Society and in 2017 he received the prize UL/CGD for the scientific production in Earth Sciences. In 2011 he edited the book "Hydrological, Socioeconomic and Ecological impacts of the North Atlantic Oscillation in the Mediterranean Region" published by Springer. He is currently supervising two PhD students and has supervised successfully 10 PhD students.

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.