Isabel Franco Trigo

Senior Researcher


Areas of Scientific activity

Remote Sensing, Land Surface, Climatology, Mid-latitude Cyclones


Isabel Trigo initiated her research in the area of climate variability, studying synoptic climatology in mid-latitudes. Later she joined the team of the Satellite Applications Facility on Land Surface Analysis (LSA SAF) to work on retrievals and applications of satellite based Land Surface Temperature. She became the LSA SAF scientific coordinator in 2007 and the LSA SAF project manager in 2012.

During the last decade, Isabel Trigo has worked on those two research topics: (i) the analysis of climate variability in the mid-latitudes with particular emphasis on changes of storm-patterns in the Northern Atlantic and in the Mediterranean area; (ii) the use of remote sensing data to derive land surface temperature, radiation fluxes, and respective applications focusing in particular EUMETSAT satellites. She has co-authored several articles in both topics in peer-reviewed journals and has contributed to national and international projects (funded by EC, EC/Copernicus, EUMETSAT, ESA funded) as Project Officer.


  • 1997-2000: Ph.D. A Climatology of Cyclones in the Mediterranean Region. Climatic Research Unit, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK.
  • 1994-1997: M.Sc. in Meteorology, Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon.
  • 1988-1993: First degree in Geophysical Sciences, Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon.


  • Senior Researcher at Instituto Portugues do Mar e da Atmosfera (IPMA; the Portuguese National Meteorological Service)