Rita Margarida Cardoso

Senior Researcher


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

Dynamical downscaling of climate scenarios and forecasts. Climate Change. Atmospheric boundary layer and land-sea interactions. Impact of land use and land cover changes on weather and climate


Rita M Cardoso completed in 1996 a 5-year degree in Geophysical Sciences (Meteorology and Oceanography) in FCUL’s Department of Physics. In 2005 she finished her PhD at School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds (UK). During the last decade, her research focused on regional climate modelling, climate change, extreme events and land-atmosphere-ocean interactions.

Rita has participated in several national and international projects, in which she has been involved in high resolution regional climate simulations. She is a member of EURO-CORDEX (European branch of the Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment) and she performed the Portuguese EURO-CORDEX simulations. She is the coordinator of the Portuguese participation in the CORDEX Flagship Pilot Study “LUCAS – Land Use and Climate Across Scales”. She is also involved in the Flagship Pilot Studies: “Convective phenomena at high resolution over Europe and the Mediterranean” and “Coupled regional modelling of land-atmosphere-ocean interactions over western-southern Africa under climate change” where she has an active role in the simulation setup and analysis. She was an active member of the COST Action “Validating and Integrating Downscaling Methods for Climate Change Research” which opened a new line of research in statistical downscaling at IDL.

Currently, Rita is the PI of the FCT project LEADING, “Land use changes and mitigation of global warming”.


  • PhD in Meteorology from the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences, of the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds (UK). June 2005
  • MSc. in Meteorology at Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon. July 2001
  • Graduated in Geophysics, with specialisation in Meteorology and Oceanography, at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon. November 1996