Ricardo Trigo graduated in Physics and has a Master in Geophysics (1996) and a PhD in Climatology (2000) obtained at the Climatic Research Unit, Norwich, UEA. He is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon and director of Instituto Dom Luis. His main research activity has been focused on the impact of different types of weather driven natural hazards with particular emphasis to floods, droughts, heatwaves and wildfires. In particular how these phenomena are related to specific atmospheric circulation patterns such as the North Atlantic Oscillation, Blocking highs or Atmospheric Rivers. He has also applied remote sensing methods to evaluate the impact of droughts and large fires in the Mediterranean region. He has published extensively (http://idlcc.fc.ul.pt/people.php?pub=1&id=1) often in cooperation with colleagues from different disciplines. In 2008 he was awarded with the International Journal of Climatology Prize endorsed by the Royal Meteorological Society, UK.