PhD student in Geophysics and Geoinformation Sciences
Research Group: Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate
Room 8.3.27

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Title: “Weather extremes in a changing climate: variability, mechanisms and societal impacts”

Supervisors: Margarida L. R. Liberato, Alexandre M. Ramos, Célia M. Gouveia

Motivation and Objectives: The Euro-Atlantic extratropical region is experiencing shorter return period for extreme windstorms with notheorthy damages and societal costs. Precipitation extremes are also cause for concern as they lead to flooding, landslides and human casualties. Estimated losses are expected to increase in the future because of population’s vulnerability and lack of adaptation strategies, especially in densely populated areas. The ever-increasing concern about weather-driven natural hazards is the leading motivation for this research. The main purposes of the project are:

  • to investigate North Atlantic (NA) extreme storms’ variability and its linkage to large-scale dynamics;
  • to study how the storms variability is related to wind and precipitation extremes;
  • to assess extratropical NA cyclones variability and trends under recent and future climate conditions;
  • to analyse the structure and dynamics of selected case studies.


Hénin R., Ramos A.M., Schemm S., Gouveia C.M. and Liberato M.L.R, (2018) Assigning precipitation to mid-latitudes fronts on sub-daily scales in the North Atlantic and European sector: Climatology and trendsInt. Journal of Climatology, 1-14

Davolio S., Henin R., Stocchi P. and Buzzi A. (2017), Bora wind and heavy persistent precipitation: atmospheric water balance and role of air–sea fluxes over the Adriatic Sea. Q.J.R. Meteorol. Soc, 143: 1165–1177. doi:10.1002/qj.3002.


R.Hénin, M.L.R. Liberato, A. Ramos,  Assessing frontal and extreme precipitation over the Euro-Atlantic domain, EGU General Assembly 2018, Wien, Austria, 8-13 April 2018.

M.L.R. Liberato, R. Hénin, A.M. Ramos, C.M. Gouveia, Evaluating extreme precipitation events on the Iberian Peninsula using TRMM satellite data, First International Electronic Conference on the Hydrological Cycle, 12-16 November 2017, MDPI AG , 2017, DOI: 10.3390/CHyCle-2017-04880

R. Hénin, A.M. Ramos, M.L.R. Liberato, C.M. Gouveia, Relating precipitation to fronts at sub-daily basis, EGU General Assembly 2017, Wien, Austria, 23-28 April 2017.

R. Hénin, M.L.R. Liberato, A.M. Ramos, C.M. Gouveia, Characterization of frontal precipitation associated with extreme events over the Iberian Peninsula, 10º Simpósio de Meteorologia e Geofísica da APMG – 18º Encontro Luso-Espanhol de Meteorologia, Riscos associados a Fenómenos Meteorológicos e Geofísicos, Lisbon, Portugal, 20-22 March 2017.

R. HéninDynamics of Bora wind over the Adriatic Sea: atmospheric water balance and role of air-sea fluxes and orography, FestivalMeteorologia, Rovereto (TN), Italy, Oct 2015.

P. Stocchi, S. Davolio, R. HéninIntense air-sea exchanges and heavy rainfall: impact of the Northern Adriatic SST, 15th EMS Annaul Meeting, Sofia, Bulgaria, Sept 2015.


Mathematics for Climate Change Detection and Attribution – MathDACC School – CNRS/IPSL/LSCE – Aussois, France, 24-29 Sept 2017

Earth-system processes in the Atlantic – 2nd ENA Workshop/Summer Course – Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal, 2-7 Jul 2017

Probability and uncertainty: two concepts to be expanded in meteorology – ARPA SIMC – Bologna, Italy, 9-13 Feb 2015