Pedro Miguel Sousa

Postdoctoral Fellow


Instituto Dom Luiz
Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa
Campo Grande, Edf. C8, Piso 3, Sala 8.3.15
1749-016 Lisboa
Phone: +351 217500863

Areas of Scientific activity

Atmospheric sciences, Climatology, Meteorology, Wildfires ,Droughts, Mediterranean Climate



Geirinhas J.L., Russo A.C., Libonati, R., Miralles D.G., Sousa P.M., Wouters H. and Trigo R.M. (2022) The influence of soil dry-out on the record-breaking hot 2013/2014 summer in Southeast Brazil. Scientific Reports. 12, 5836. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-09515-z

Sousa P.M., Trigo R.M., Russo A., Geirinhas J.L., Rodrigues A., Silva S. and Torres A. (2022) Heat-related mortality amplified during the COVID-19 pandemic. International journal of biometeorology, 66, pages 457–468. DOI: 10.1007/s00484-021-02192-z


Raposeiro P.M., Hernández A., Pla-Rabes S., Gonçalves V., Bao R., Sáez A., Shanahan T., Benavente M., de Boer E.J., Richter N., Gordon V., Marques H., Sousa P.M, Souto M., Matias M.G., Aguiar N., Pereira C., Ritter C., Rubio M.J., Salcedo M., Vázquez-Loureiro D., Margalef O., Amaral-Zettler L.A., Costa A.C., Hung Y., van Leeuwen J.F.N., Masqué P., Prego R., Ruiz-Fernández A.C., Sanchez-Cabeza J.A., Trigo R.M, Giralt S. (2021) Climate change facilitated the early colonization of the Azores Archipelago during medieval times. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 118, e2108236118. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2108236118

van der Schrier G., Allan, R.P. , Osso, A., Sousa P.M., Van de Vyver H., Van Schaeybroeck B., Coscarelli R., Pasqua A.A., Petrucci O., Curley M., Mietus M., Filipiak J., Št?pánek P., Zahradní?ek P., Brázdil R., ?ezní?ková L., van den Besselaar E.J.M., Trigo R. and Aguilar E. (2021) The 1921 European drought: Impacts, reconstruction and drivers. Climate of the Past, 17, 2201-2221. DOI: 10.5194/cp-17-2201-2021

Sousa P., Barriopedro D., García-Herrera R., Woolings T., Trigo R.M. (2021) A new combined detection algorithm for blocking and subtropical ridges. Journal of Climate, 34, 7735-7758. DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-20-0658.1

Hernández, A., Cachão M., Sousa P.M., Trigo R.M., Luterbacher J., Vaquero J.M., Freitas. M.C. (2021) External forcing mechanisms controlling the North Atlantic coastal upwelling regime during the mid-Holocene. Geology, v. 49. DOI:

Geirinhas J., Russo A., Libonati R., Sousa P.M., Miralles D.G., Trigo R.M. (2021) Recent increasing frequency of compound summer drought and heatwaves in Southeast Brazil. Environmental Research Letters. 16 034036. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/abe0eb

Cavaleiro R.. Russo A., Sousa P. M., Durão R. (2021) Association between Prevailing Circulation Patterns and Coarse Particles in Portugal. Atmosphere 2021, 12(1), 85


Russo A., Sousa P.M., Durão R.M. Ramos A.M., Salvador P., Linares C., Diaz J., Trigo R.M. (2020) Saharan dust intrusions in the Iberian Peninsula: Predominant synoptic conditions. Science of the Total Environment, 717, 137041, doi:


Sousa P., Barriopedro D., Ramos A.M., García-Herrera R., Espirito-Santo F., Trigo R.M. (2019) Saharan air intrusions as a relevant mechanism for Iberian heatwaves: The record breaking events of August 2018 and June 2019. Weather and Climate Exetremes, 26, 100224, DOI:

Geirinhas J., Trigo R.M., Libonati R., Castro L.C.O., Sousa P.M., Coelho C.A.S., Peres L.F., Magalhães M.A.F.M (2019) Characterizing the atmospheric conditions during the 2010 heatwave in Rio de Janeiro marked by excessive mortality rates. Science of the Total Environment, 650, 796-808, doi:


Sánchez-Benítez A, García-Herrera R, Barriopedro D, Sousa PM, Trigo RM (2018) June 2017: The Earliest European Summer Mega-heatwave of Reanalysis Period . AGU Publications,

Sousa PM, Trigo RM, Barriopedro D, Soares PMM, Santos JA (2018) European temperature responses to blocking and ridge regional patterns. . Cimate Dynamics, doi: 10.1007/s00382-017-3620-2


Ordóñez C, Barriopedro D, García-Herrera R, Sousa PM, Schnell JL (2017) Regional responses of surface ozone in Europe to the location of high-latitude blocks and subtropical ridges. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 17: 3111-3131. doi: 10.5194/acp-17-3111-2017

Pedro M. Sousa, Ricardo M. Trigo, David Barriopedro, Pedro M. M. Soares, Alexandre M. Ramos, Margarida L. R. Liberato (2017) Responses of European precipitation distributions and regimes to different blocking locations. Clim Dyn, DOI: 10.1007/s00382-016-3132-5

Ana Russo, Célia M. Gouveia, Patrícia Páscoa, Carlos C. Da Camara, Pedro M. Sousa, Ricardo M. Trigo (2017) Assessing the role of drought events on wildfires in the Iberian Peninsula. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, DOI:


Liberato M. L. R., Ramos A. M., Gouveia C. M., Sousa P., Russo A., Trigo R.M., Santo F.E. (2017) Exceptionally extreme drought in Madeira Archipelago in 2012: Vegetation impacts and driving conditions. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, doi: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2016.08.010

Pedro M. Sousa, David Barriopedro, Ricardo M. Trigo, Alexandre M. Ramos, Raquel Nieto, Luis Gimeno, K. F. Turkman, Margarida L. R. Liberato (2016) Impact of Euro-Atlantic blocking patterns in Iberia precipitation using a novel high resolution dataset. Climate Dynamics (2016) 46: 2573, doi:10.1007/s00382-015-2718-7


Pedro M. Sousa, Ricardo M. Trigoa, Mário G. Pereira, Joaquín Bedia, Jose M. Gutiérre (2015) Different approaches to model future burnt area in the Iberian Peninsula. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 202 11–25. doi:


Trigo R.M., Sousa P., Pereira M., Rasilla D., Gouveia C.M. (2013) Modelling wildfire activity in Iberia with different Atmospheric Circulation Weather Types. International Journal of Climatology,      DOI: 10.1002/joc.3749

Ramos A.M., Cordeiro Pires A., Sousa P.M., Trigo R.M. (2013) The use of circulation weather types to predict upwelling activity along the western Iberian Peninsula coast. Continental Shelf Research, 69, 38:51


Fernández-Montes S., Rodrigo FS., Seuber S., Sousa P.M. (2012) Spring and summer extreme temperatures in Iberia during last century in relation to circulation types. Atmospheric Research. doi: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2012.07.013


Ramos A.M., Ramos R., Sousa P., Trigo R.M., Janeira M., Prior V. (2011) Cloud to ground lightning activity over Portugal and its association with Circulation Weather Types. Atmospheric Research, 101, 84-101, doi:10.1016/j.atmosres.2011.01.014

Sousa P., Trigo R.M., Aizpurua P., Nieto R., Gimeno L., Garcia-Herrera R. (2011) Trends and extremes of drought indices throughout the 20th century in the Mediterranean. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 11, 33-51, doi:10.5194/nhess-11-33-2011