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... Rui Alexandre Pita Perdigão


Rui Perdigão

Academic position: Researcher
Joining date: 03-01-2019
Roles in IT: Researcher
Thematic Line: Basic Sciences and Enabling Technologies
Group: Physics of Information and Quantum Technologies - Lx

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Address: IT – Lisboa
Instituto Superior Técnico - Torre Norte - Piso 10
Av. Rovisco Pais, 1
1049 - 001 Lisboa
Tel: +351 21 841 84 54
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Rui A. P. Perdigão is chair professor in Physics of Complex Systems and Climate Dynamics, interuniversity chair in Fluid Dynamical Systems, executive and professorial chair of the Meteoceanics Institute for Complex System Science (MICSS) and director of the associated Doctoral School, where he heads a large ecclectic set of international academic and research programs. He also introduced and coordinates Complex System Dynamics & Interdisciplinary Data Analytics and Model Design, both at MICSS Doctoral School and at the University of Lisbon. Rui Perdigão serves as Editor in international scientific journals including the EGU journal Earth System Dynamics (ESD) and has invited positions at the Institute of Telecommunications (Physics of Information and Quantum Technologies), the Institute of Social Sciences (Doctoral Program on Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies), and the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes, at the University of Lisbon.
Overall, he promotes, leads and conducts fundamental research in information physics, coevolutionary complexity, and causality, ranging from quantum to cosmological scales passing through the intricacies of coevolutionary multi domain multiscale complexity across the geophysical and socio-environmental dynamics in the earth system.
His theoretical and methodological breakthroughs then come into down-to-earth use in the development of advanced analytics, modelling and decision support frameworks for the institutions entrusted with the protection of our society and the environment. More recently (2020), Rui Perdigão was elected corresponding member of the prestigious Academy of Sciences in Lisbon, joining the section of Physics.

Scientific Achievements

  • PhD, Universidade de Lisboa, 02-11-2010
  • Meteoceanics Interdisciplinary Centre for Complex System Science, 01-01-2014, Chair
  • Stochastic Dynamics
  • Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Information Theory
  • Information Physics
  • Complex System Sciences
  • Nonlinear Signal Processing
  • Complex System Dynamics, Universidade de Lisboa, Doctoral Program in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies
  • Interdisciplinary Data Analytics and Model Design, Universidade de Lisboa, Doctoral Program in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies
  • Climate Change Sciences, Universidade de Lisboa, Doctoral Program in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies
  • E. Azmi, U. Ehret, S. Weijs, B. Ruddell, R. Perdigão, Technical note: “Bit by bit”: a practical and general approach for evaluating model computational complexity vs. model performance, hydrology and earth system sciences, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 1103 - 1115, March, 2021 | BibTex
  • J. Hall, R. Perdigão, Who is stirring the waters?, Science, Vol. 371, No. 6534, pp. 1096 - 1097, March, 2021 | BibTex
  • R. Perdigão, Debates: Does Information Theory Provide a New Paradigm for Earth Science? Emerging Concepts and Pathways of Information Physics, Water Resources Research, Vol. 56, No. 2, pp. 1 - 13, February, 2020 | BibTex
  • G. Blöschl, J. Hall, A. Viglione, R. Perdigão, Changing climate both increases and decreases European river floods, Nature, Vol. 573, No. 7772, pp. 108 - 111, August, 2019 | BibTex
  • N. Najibi, N. Devineni, M. Lu, R. Perdigão, Coupled flow accumulation and atmospheric blocking govern flood duration, npj climate and atmospheric science, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 1 - 19, June, 2019 | BibTex
  • R. Perdigão, J. Hall, Information Physical Complexity, Causality and Predictability across Coevolutionary Spacetimes: Theory and Hydro-Climatic Applications, EGU European Geosciences Union General Assembly EGU, Vienna, Austria, Vol., pp. -, April, 2021 | BibTex
  • M. Ribau, R. Perdigão, J. Hall, From rationalization to rationality: (In)sustainability of strategic narratives in science communication, ranging from climatic change to hydro-meteorological extremes, EGU European Geosciences Union General Assembly EGU, Vienna, Austria, Vol., pp. -, April, 2021 | BibTex
  • R. Perdigão, J. Hall, Spatiotemporal Causality and Predictability Beyond Recurrence Collapse in Complex Coevolutionary Systems, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, United States, Vol., pp. -, December, 2020 | BibTex
  • R. Perdigão, Information Physics: Closing Gaps, Opening Perspectives. DOI:, Summer School for Information Theory in the Earth Sciences (SITES), Flagstaff AZ, United States, Vol., pp. -, August, 2020 | BibTex
  • R. Perdigão, Lisbon Academy of Sciences (Corresp. Physics), Elected Corresponding Member to the Lisbon Academy of Sciences, joining the Section of Physics., 01-12-2020
  • Editorial Board, geosciences (switzerland), 01-01-2020 - 31-12-2030
  • Editorial Board, climate, 01-01-2019 - 31-12-2030
  • Editorial Board, Earth System Dynamics, 01-04-2016 - 31-12-2030