João Martins

Postdoctoral Fellow


Rua C ao Aeroporto, 1749-077 Lisboa – Sala 3.9
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Areas of Scientific activity

Land Surface Temperature, Remote Sensing, GNSS Meteorology, Mesoscale and Boundary Layer Meteorology


João Paulo Martins got his PhD at the University of Lisbon which focused on the planetary boundary layer both from modelling and observational perspectives. He got to spend a year at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, working at the Atmospheric InfraRed Sounder Science Team. He then worked a few months as Visiting Scientist at the University of Stockholm (Sweden) in the validation of the planetary boundary layer height in Climate Models. Later on he joined the Land Surface Analysis Satellite Application Facility (LSA-SAF) as a PostDoc researcher until the present.

He is now working in the calibration and validation of Land Surface Temperature retrieval algorithms using radiative transfer model simulations. His main task is related to the Copernicus Global Land service, on which he contributes to maintain the operational service (algorithm improvement, preparation for more recent sensors, product documentation and validation). His range of current research interests also includes GNNS meteorology, and the study of extreme events such as heat waves and droughts.


  • 2011: PhD in Geophysical and Geoinformation Sciences (Meteorology), Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon
  • 2006: Degree in Meteorology, Oceanography and Geophysics (Meteorology), Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon


  • Post-Doc researcher at IDL / IPMA (LSA-SAF).

Awards and honors

  • 2007: Prémio Gulbenkian de Estímulo à Investigação – Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
  • 2005: Bolsa de Mérito – Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
  • 2002: Menção Honrosa (alunos do 1º ano com as melhores classificações) – Fundação da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
  • 2001: Melhor Aluno finalista da Escola Secundária Poeta António Aleixo (Portimão) – Rotary Clube de Portimão