Dr.  Alexandre Miguel Urbano da Fonseca Ramos

Dr. Alexandre Miguel Urbano da Fonseca Ramos

Research Interests

  • Atmospheric Rivers and extreme events;
  • Compound weather and climate extremes;
  • Climate variability in Mediterranean Climates on multiple time-scales, linking weather and climate

Current Projects

  • 2018-2023 Understanding and modeling compound climate and weather events - DAMOCLES European COST action (2018-2022) - Leader of Working Group 1.

Past Projects

  • 2019-2022 Principal investigator of Holmodrive Principial investigator of Holmodrive (2019-2022) - North Atlantic Atmospheric Patterns influence on Western Iberia Climate: From the Lateglacial to Present (Portuguese Science Foundation, FCT)
  • 2019-2022 Co-Principal investigator of WEX-ATLANTIC - Weather Extremes in the Euro Atlantic Region: Assessment and Impacts (Portuguese Science Foundation, FCT)

Curriculum Vitae

  • Since September 2022 – Senior Researcher at the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

  • 2019-2022 Assistant Researcher at the Instituto Dom Luiz (IDL), Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2013 – 2019 Post-doctoral researcher funded by FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, SFRH/BPD/84328/2012) at Instituto Dom Luiz (IDL), University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2008 – 2012 PhD Student funded by FCT (Portuguese Science Foundation, SFRH/BD/46000/2008) at Ephyslab, University of Vigo, Spain.
  • 2006 - 2007 Researcher in R&D projects at Instituto Dom Luiz (IDL), University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1999-2005 Degree in Geophysical Sciences - Meteorology, University of Lisbon, Portugal


  • 2022 - Scientific Award in Earth Sciences and Geophysics awarded by Universidade de Lisboa/Caixa Geral de Depósitos (ULisboa/CGD Scientific Awards)
  • 2016 MEdCLIVAR 2016 Young Scientist Award, awarded by MedCLIVAR



Top 10

Bevacqua, E.; De Michele, C.; Manning, C.; Couasnon, A.; Ribeiro, A. F. S.; Ramos, A. M.; et al. (2021) Guidelines for studying diverse types of compound weather and climate events. Earth's Future, 9, e2021EF002340. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021EF002340

Ramos, A. M., Roca, R., Soares, P.M.M., Wilson, A.M., Trigo, R.M., Ralph, F.M. (2021) Uncertainty in different precipitation products in the case of two atmospheric river events. Environmental Research Letters, 16(4). Doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/abe25b

Zscheischler, J.; Martius, O.; Westra, S.; Bevacqua, E.; Raymond, C.; Horton, R.; van den Hurk, B.; AghaKouchak, A.; Jézéquel, A.; Mahecha, M.; Maraun, D.; Ramos, A.M.; Ridder, N.; Thiery, W.; Vignotto E., (2020) A typology of compound weather and climate events. Nature Reviews Earth Environment, 1 (7) :333-347. Doi: 10.1038/s43017-020-0060-z

Ramos, A.M., Sousa, P.M., Dutra, E., Trigo, R.M. (2020) Predictive skill for atmospheric rivers in the western Iberian Peninsula. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 877-888. Doi: 10.5194/nhess-20-877-2020

Algarra, I.; Nieto, R.; Ramos, A.M.; Eiras-Barca, J.; Trigo, R.M.; Gimeno, L. (2020) Significant increase of global anomalous moisture uptake feeding landfalling Atmospheric Rivers. Nature Communications, 11, 5082.

Payne, A.E., Demory, M.; Leung, L.R.; Ramos, A.M.; Shields, C.A.; Rutz., J.J Siler, N.; Villarini, G.; Hall, A.; Ralph, F.M. (2020) Responses and impacts of atmospheric rivers to climate change. Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, 1, 143–157. Doi:10.1038/s43017-020-0030-5

Ramos, A.M.; Blamey, R.C.; Algarra, I.; Nieto, R.; Gimeno, L.; Tomé, R.; Reason, C.J.; Trigo, R.M. (2018) From Amazonia to southern Africa: Atmospheric moisture transport through Low Level Jets and Atmospheric Rivers. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. doi:10.1111/nyas.13960.

Eiras-Barca, J.; Ramos, A.M.; Pinto, J.G.; Trigo, R.M.; Liberato, M.L.R.; Miguez-Macho, G. (2018) The concurrence of Atmospheric Rivers and explosive cyclogenesis in the North Atlantic and North Pacific basins. Earth System Dynamics, 9, 91-102, doi:10.5194/esd-9-91-2018.

Ramos, A.M.; Tomé, R.; Trigo, R.M.; Liberato, M.L.R.; and Pinto J.G. (2016) Projected changes in atmospheric rivers affecting Europe in CMIP5 models, Geophysical Research Letters, 43:9315–9323, doi:10.1002/2016GL070634.

Ramos, A.M; Trigo, R.M.; Liberato, M.L.R.; Tomé, R. (2015) Daily Precipitation Extreme Events in the Iberian Peninsula and Its Association with Atmospheric Rivers. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 16:579–597, doi:10.1175/JHM-D-14-0103.1.

Full publication list: https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=24734304300

Book Chapters

Rutz, J.J.; Guan, B.; Bozkurt, D.; Gorodetskaya, I.V.; Gershunov, S.; Lavers, D.A.; Mahoney, K.M.; Moore, B.J.; Neff, W.; Neiman, P.J.; Ralph, F.M.; Ramos, A.M.; Steen-Larsen, H.C.; Tsukernik, M.; Valenzuela, R.; Viale, M.; Wernli H. (2020) “Global and Regional Perspectives”, In Atmospheric Rivers. Switzerland: Springer

Dettinger, M.D.; Lavers, D.A.; Compo, G.P., Gorodetskaya, I.V.; Neff, W.; Neiman, P.J.; Ramos, A.M.; Rutz, J.J.; Viale, M.; Wade, A.J.; White A.B. (2020) “Effects of Atmospheric Rivers”, In Atmospheric Rivers. Switzerland: Springer.

Bock, O; et al.; Ramos, A.M. (2020) “Use of GNSS Tropospheric Products for Climate Monitoring”. In Advanced GNSS Tropospheric Products for Monitoring Severe Weather Events and Climate. Switzerland: Springer.

Doctoral Thesis

Ramos, A.M. (2012) Improving circulation weather type classifications using a 3D framework: relationship with climate variability and projections for future climate.

Diploma Thesis

Ramos, A.M. (2005) Characterization of Heat and Cold Waves in Portugal