The Earthsystems PhD Program gathers a multidisciplinary group of scientists with a common interest in Earth processes: their control of climate in different time scales; their influence on natural resources distribution and characteristics; their effect on major natural hazards; and their impact on sustainable development. The program covers integrated Earth System Studies, with a focus on quantitative research in topics such as “Climate Change”, “Earth Resources”, “Natural Hazards” and “Ocean Frontiers”.

EARTHSYSTEMS is led by IDL and originally included contributions from IDL, the Centers of Geology (GeGUL), Oceanography (MARE) and Statistics (CEAUL), all at ULisboa, the LARSYS Associate Laboratory (through the Centre of IMAR of the University of the Azores and CREMINER/FCUL), and the Portuguese Institute for the Ocean and Atmosphere (IPMA). The  program started on January 2014.

Program director (since September 2015)
Pedro Miranda (head of IDL)

Steering committee
Pedro Miranda (head of IDL)
Henrique Cabral (MARE)
Marília Antunes (CEAUL)
Pedro Viterbo (IPMA)

Coordination committee
João Duarte (IDL)
Emanuel Dutra (IDL)

Program Management and Support
Tânia Ferreira and Celia Lee



Ana Caldeirinha
André Santos
Ivo Martins
Miguel Inácio
Miguel Pinto
Rui Monteiro
Susana Silva
Teresa Carmo

Students integrated in the Program with external funding
Inês Ramalho
Manuel Nascimento
Sílvia Nunes

David Stevens
Gil Lemos
H. Davies
Jaime Almeida
Juan Pinzón
Maria Inês Machado
Martin Wronna
Rui Cereja

Alessandro Righetti
Andreia Ribeiro
Dorota Szalaj
Filipa Luz
Joana Carvalho
Joana Ferreira
João Bravo Dias
Riccardo Hénin

Student integrated in the Program with external funding
Manuel Teixeira

Ana Cunha
Catarina Matos
Daniela Lima
Federico Ienna
Javier Cano
Manuela Ramos
Rodrigo Silva
Vasco Conde

Student integrated in the Program with funding from CAPES (Brazil)
Fabiano Mota da Silva (Alumni)

Andreia Pereira (Alumni)
Catarina Guerreiro
Umberto Andriolo (Alumni)
Joana Ribeiro (Alumni)
Maria João Chinita (Alumni)
Mariana Santos
Pedro Almeida
Virgilío Bento (Alumni)

Students integrated in the Program with external support
Jorge Ponte
Vânia Lima


Maria João Chinita – PhD in Geophysical Sciences and Geoinformation  (Metereology), Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, 2018
Thesis: Dynamics of the moderately stable boundary layer.

Andreia Pereira – PhD in Marine Sciences, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, 2018
Thesis: Investigation of fin whales using ocean bottom recordings.

Fabiano Silva – PhD in Geophysical Sciences and Geoinformation  (Geophysics), Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, 2018
Thesis: Aplicação de métodos geofísicos, geológicos e deteção remota, na investigação da sismicidade induzida na barragem do Castanhão, região nordeste do Brasil.

Joana Ribeiro – PhD in Geophysical Sciences and Geoinformation  (Geophysics), Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, 2018
Thesis: Magnetotelluric studies in detecting an old suture zone and major crustal scale shear zones (Iberia).

Umberto Andriolo – PhD in Geology  (External Geodynamics), Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, 2018
Thesis: Nearshore hydrodynamics and morphology derived from video imagery.

Virgílio Bento – PhD in Geophysical Sciences and Geoinformation (Remote Sensing), Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, 2018
Thesis: The use of remotely sensed Land Surface Temperature for climate monitoring.

Sofia Ermida – PhD in Geophysical Sciences and Geoinformation (Remote Sensing), Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, 2018
Thesis: Harmonization of Remote Sensing Land Surface Products: correction of clear sky bias and characterization of directional effects.

Research Projects

Proposals Earthsystems Call 2018
Proposals Earthsystems Call 2017
Proposals Earthsystems Call 2016
Ongoing Research Projects 2015



Amaro e Silva R, Brito MC (2018) Impact of network layout and time resolution on spatio-temporal solar forecasting, Solar Energy, 163, 329-337;

Amaro e Silva R, Monteiro Baptista J, Brito MC (2018) Data-driven estimation of expected photovoltaic generation, Solar Energy, 166, 116-122

Bento VA, Gouveia CM, DaCamara CC, Trigo IF (2018) A climatological assessment of drought impact on vegetation health index, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 259, 286-295;

Cardoso RM, Soares PMM, Lima DCA & Miranda PM (2018) Mean and extreme temperatures in a warming climate: EURO CORDEX and WRF regional climate high-resolution projections for Portugal. Climate Dynamics. DOI: 10.1007/s00382-018-4124-4

Cereja R, Mendonça V, Dias M, Vinagre C, Gil F, & Diniz M (2018). Physiological effects of cymothoid parasitization in the fish host Pomatoschistus microps (Krøyer, 1838) under increasing ocean temperaturesEcological Indicators95, 176-182. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.07.045

Chinita MJ, Matheou G, Teixeira J (2018) A Joint Probability Density-Based Decomposition of Turbulence in the Atmospheric Boundary Layer, Monthly Weather Review, 146 (2), 503-523.

Dias M, Ferreira A, Gouveia, R, Cereja R, & Vinagre C (2018). Mortality, growth and regeneration following fragmentation of reef-forming corals under thermal stress. Journal of Sea Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.seares.2018.08.008

Green JAM, Molloy JL, Davies HS, Duarte JC (2018) Is there a tectonically driven super‐tidal cycle?, Geophysical Research Letter, 45 (8), 3568-3576

Lima, DCA, Soares PMM, Semedo A & Cardoso R (2018) A Global View of Coastal Low-Level Wind Jets using an Ensemble of Reanalysis. Journal of Climate, 31(4), 1525–1546.

Martínez-Moreno FJ, Monteiro Santos FA, Madeira J, Pous J, Bernardo I, Soares A, Esteves M, Adão F, Ribeiro J, Mata J, Brum da Silveira A (2018) Investigating collapse structures in oceanic islands using magnetotelluric surveys: The case of Fogo Island in Cape Verde, Journal of Volvanology and Geothermal Research, 357, 152-162

Matos C, Custodio S, Batlo J, Zahradnik J, Arroucau P, Silveira G, Heimann S (2018) An Active Seismic Zone in Intraplate West Iberia Inferred from High-Resolution Geophysical Data, Journal of Geophysical Research – Solid Earth, 123 (4), 2885-2907;

Mellado-Cano J, Barriopedro D, Garcia-Herrera R, Trigo RM, Alvarez-Castro MC (2018) Euro-Atlantic Atmospheric Circulation during the Late Maunder Minimum, Journal of Climate, 31 (10), 3849-3863;

Rijo N, Semedo A, Miranda PMA, Lima DCA, Cardoso RM, Soares PMM (2018) Spatial and temporal variability of the Iberian Peninsula coastal low-level jet, International Journal of Climatology, 38 (4), 1605-1622. DOI: 10.1002/joc.5303;

Soares PMM, Lima DCA, Semedo A, Cardoso RM, William C & Sein D (2018) The North African coastal low level wind jet – a high resolution view. Climate Dynamics. DOI: 10.1007/s00382-018-4441-7


Bento VA, DaCamara CC, Trigo IF, Martins JPA, Duguay-Tetzlaff A (2017) Improving Land Surface Temperature Retrievals over Mountainous Regions, Remote Sensing, 9 (1), UNSP 38.

Davolio S, Hénin R, Stocchi P, Buzzi A (2017) Bora wind and heavy persistent precipitation: atmospheric water balance and role of air-sea fluxes over the Adriatic Sea, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 143 (703 B), 1165-117

Goulding TA, De Orte MR, Szalaj D, Basallote MD, DelValls TA, Cesar A (2017) Assessment of the environmental impacts of ocean acidification (OA) and carbon capture and storage (CCS) leaks using the amphipod Hyale youngi, Ecotoxicology, 26 (4), 521-533

Martínez-Moreno FJ, Monteiro-Santos FA, Bernardo I, Farzamian M, Nascimento C, Fernandes J, Casal B, Ribeiro JA (2017) Identifying seawater intrusion in coastal areas by means of 1D and quasi-2D joint inversion of TDEM and VES data, Journal of Hydrology, 552, 609-619

Ribeiro JA, Monteiro-Santos FA, Pereira MF, Diéz Fernández R, Dias da Silva Í, Nascimento C, Silva JB (2017) Magnetotelluric imaging of the lithosphere across the Variscan Orogen (Iberian autochthonous domain, NW Iberia), Tectonics, 36 (12), 3065-3080

Silva A, Shapouri M, Cereja R, Dissanayake A, Vinagre C (2017) Variations in crabs claw morphology and diet across contrasting intertidal habitats. Marine Ecology, 38, na-e12374

Soares PMM, Cardoso RM, Lima DCA, Miranda PMA (2017) Future precipitation in Portugal: high-resolution projections using WRF model and ensembles of EURO-CORDEX simulations, Climate Dynamics, 49 (7-8), 2503-2530

Soares PMM, Lima DCA, Cardoso RM, Nascimento M, Semedo A (2017) Western Iberian Offshore Wind Resources: more or less in a global warming climate?, Applied Energy, 203, 72-90.

Soares PMM, Lima DCA, Cardoso RM, Semedo A (2017) High resolution projections for the western Iberian coastal low level jet in a changing climate, Climate Dynamics, 49 (5-6), 1547-1566.

Szalaj D, De Orte MR, Goulding TA, Medeiros ID, DelValls TA, Cesar A (2017) The effects of ocean acidification and a carbon dioxide capture and storage leak on the early life stages of the marine mussel Perna perna (Linneaus, 1758) and metal bioavailability, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 24 (1), 765-78

Wronna M, Baptista MA, Götz J (2017) On the construction and use of a Paleo-DEM to reproduce tsunami inundation in a historical urban environment – the case of the 1755 Lisbon tsunami in Cascais, Geomatics Natural Hazards and Risk, 8 (2), 841-862

García-Herrera R, Gallego D, Barriopedro D, Mellado Cano J (2017) Ship logbooks help to understand climate variability. In: Ducruet C (ed) Advances in Shipping Data Analysis and Modeling, pp. 15. Routledge. I


Cardoso, R, Soares PMM, Lima DCA & Semedo A (2016) The impact of Climate Change on the Iberian Low-Level Wind Jet: EURO-CORDEX regional climate simulation,Tellus A, 68, 29005

Carvalho I, A Pereira, Picanço C, Loloum L, Brito C (2016) Studying cetaceans in a small archipelago: Challenges and perspectives in the conservation of highly mobile top predators on São Tomé and Príncipe. Pp. 138 -139 in: R. Gabriel, R.B. Elias, I.R. Amorim & P.A.V. Borges (Eds). Conference program and abstracts of the 2nd International Conference on Island Evolution, Ecology and Conservation: Island Biology 2016, 18-22 July 2016, Angra do Heroísmo, Azores, Portugal. Arquipelago. Life and Marine Sciences. Supplement 9;

Catalão J, Nico G, Lollino P, Conde V, Lorusso G, Silva C (2016) Integration of InSAR Analysis and Numerical Modeling for the Assessment of Ground Subsidence in the City of Lisbon, Portugal, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 9 (4), 1663-1673;

Custódio S, Silveira G, Matias L, Mata I, Matos C, Palma-Oliveira JM, Rocha F, Lopes FC (2016) Educating for Earthquake Science and Risk in a Tectonically Slowly Deforming Region, Seismological Research Letters, 87 (3), 773-782;

Martins JPA, Trigo IF, Bento VA, DaCamara CC (2016) A Physically Constrained Calibration Database for Land Surface Temperature Using Infrared Retrieval Algorithms, Remote Sensing 8, 808;

Pereira A, Harris D, Tyack P, Matias L (2016) Lloyd’s mirror effect in fin whale calls and its use to infer the depth of vocalizing animals. Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics 27, 070002;

Ribeiro AFS, Pires CAL (2016) Seasonal drought predictability in Portugal using statistical-dynamical techniques, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 94, 155-166.;

Riou V, Fonseca-Batista D, Roukaerts A, Biegala IC, Prakya SR, Loureiro CM, Santos M, Muniz-Piniella AE, Schmiing M, Elskens M, Brion N, Martins MA, Dehairs F (2016) Importance of N 2 -Fixation on the Productivity at the North-Western Azores Current/Front System, and the Abundance of Diazotrophic Unicellular Cyanobacteria. PLoS ONE 11(3);

Semedo A, Soares PMM, Lima DCA, Cardoso RM, Bernardino M,  Miranda PMA (2016) The impact of Climate Change on the Global Low-Level Wind Jets: EC-EARTH simulations, Global and Planetary Change, 137, 88-106;

Silva A, Pinto L, Rodrigues SM, de Pablo H, Santos  M, Moita T, Mateus M (2016) A HAB warning system for shellfish harvesting in Portugal. Harmful Algae 53, 33-39;


Casaca J, Braz N & Conde V (2015) Combined adjustment of angle and distance measurements in a dam monitoring network. Survey Review, vol. 47, no. 342, pp. 181-184, 2015

Duguay-Tetzlaff, A, Bento, VA.; Göttsche, FM, Stöckli, R, Martins, JPA, Trigo, I, Olesen F, Bojanowski F, da Camara JS, C.; Kunz, H. (2015) Meteosat Land Surface Temperature Climate Data Record: Achievable Accuracy and Potential Uncertainties. Remote Sens. 2015, 7, 13139-13156

Martinho F, Pereira A, Brito C, Gaspar R, Carvalho I (2015) Structure and abundance of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in coastal Setúbal Bay, Portugal. Marine Biology Research, 11 (2), 144-156;

Matos C, Silveira G, Matias L, Caldeira R, Ribeiro ML, Dias NA, Krueger F, Bento dos Santos T (2015) Upper crustal structure of Madeira Island revealed from ambient noise tomography, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 298, 136-145;

Represas P, Santos FA, Ribeiro J, Afonso A, Moreira M, Mendes-Victor LA (2015) On the Applicability of Joint Inversion of Gravity and Resistivity Data to the Study of a Tectonic Sedimentary Basin in Northern Portugal, Pure and Applied Geophysics, 172 (10), 2681-2699;

Semedo A, Vettor R, Breivik O, Sterl A, Reistad M, Soares CG, Lima DCA (2015) The wind sea and swell waves climate in the Nordic seas, Ocean Dynamics, 65 (2), 223-240;

Wronna M, Omira R, Baptista MA (2015) Deterministic approach for multiple-source tsunami hazard assessment for Sines, Portugal, Natural Hazards & Earth System Sciences, 15 (11), 2557-2568;

Young-Heon Jo, Federico I, and Xiao-Hai Yan. (2015) An analysis of the evolution of Meddies in the North Atlantic using floats and multisensor satellite data, Journal of Geophysical Research, Oceans, 201;


Harley,  M.,  Andriolo,  U.,  Ciavola,  P.,  Armaroli,  C.,  (2014) A study of shoreline rotation and response to nourishment of a gravel pocket beach using low-cost video-monitoring techniques. Journal of Coastal Conservation. Vol. 18, pp.551-565;

Luz F, Mateus A, Matos,JX, Gonçalves MA, (2014) Copper, Zn and Pb soil geochemistry data from the NE domain of the Iberian Pyrite Belt in Portugal: implications for mineral exploration. Geochemistry; Exploration, Environment and Analysis, vol.14, pp 341-358. DOI: 10.1144/geochem2012-196

Macías D, Guerreiro CT, Prieto L, Peliz A, Ruiz J (2014) A high-resolution hydrodynamic-biogeochemical coupled midel of the Gulf of Cadiz- Alboran Sea region, Mediterranean Marine Science, SI, 15 (4), 739-752;

Marques JM, Matos C, Carreira PM, Espinha Marques J, Teixeira J & Chaminé H (2014) Assessment of mixing between shallow and thermal waters using geochemical and environmental isotope tracers (N Portugal): a review and reinterpretation. Environ. Earth Sci. 72:2557–2567.

Santos M, Costa PR, Porteiro FM, Moita MT (2014) First report of a massive bloom of Alexandrium minutum (Dinophyceae) in middle North Atlantic: A coastal lagoon in S. Jorge Island, Azores. Toxicon 90, 265-268;

Soares PMM, Cardoso RM, Semedo A,Chinita MJ, Ranjha R (2014) Climatology of the Iberia Coastal Low-Level Wind Jet: Weather Research Forecasting Model High-Resolution Results, Tellus A, 66, 22377;