Carlos Pires

Senior Researcher


Instituto Dom Luiz
Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa
Campo Grande, Edf. C8, Piso 3, Sala 8.3.34
1749-016 Lisboa

Areas of Scientific activity

Meteorology, Climatology, Statistics, Dynamical Systems, Data assimilation


Carlos Pires initiated the teaching on geosciences (meteorology) at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon in 1989 and the research at CGUL (former IDL) in the domain of atmospheric energetic. In the period 1992-96 he concluded the PhD on meteorology at the Université Pierre et Marie-Curie, during which he published works on data assimilation, nonlinear atmospheric dynamics, predictability and non-linear statistical climatology aiming to build seasonal forecast models.

Later, in 1998, he joined IDL as a senior research in the area of climate variability and long-range predictability. There he has co-participated in an ICAT project for the Electrical Portuguese Company, aiming the development of monthly statistical forecast models of the potential flow in the Portuguese hydro-electrical dams. He has participated in several projects financed by the Portuguese Scientific Foundation, being the PI of three of them, especially in the area of large-scale predictability and droughts. Since 2000, he has developed studies on nonlinear statistics, information theory and non-Gaussianity applied to data assimilation, statistical climatology and nonlinear dynamics, which has led several international collaborations (France, Belgium, Austria) and publications in peer-reviewed journals as main author and also some invited talks on international meetings (AGU, EGU).


  • 1992-1996: Ph.D. Prévision Atmosphérique à Long terme: Un problem d’hybridation Statistico-Dynamique. Université Paris VI - Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France.
  • 1989-1992: Provas de Aptidão Pedagógica e Científica, Equivalent to M.Sc. in Meteorology, Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon.
  • 1983-1988: First degree in Geophysical Sciences, Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon.


  • Full Assistant Teacher at the DEGGE (Department of Geographical Engineering, Geophysics and Energy) of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon.
  • Senior Researcher at Instituto Dom Luiz (IDL) at the Climatological Group.