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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
Fax: +351 21 841 84 72


Rui A. P. Perdigão is chair professor in Physics of Complex Systems, 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), Frontiers in Physics (associate editor in Interdisciplinary Physics), and heads interdisciplinary research alliances across the complex system sciences and technologies.
Overall, he promotes, leads and conducts fundamental research in information physics, non-linear dynamics and analytics, coevolutionary complexity and predictability, 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 and security of our societies and theatres of operation across natural and technical environments.

Scientific Achievements

  • PhD, Universidade de Lisboa, 02-11-2010
  • 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
  • R.A.P. Perdigão, Urban Adaptation - Insights from Information Physics and Complex System Dynamics, Chapter in, Informed Urban Environments. The Urban Book Series., Springer, Cham, Cham, Switzerland, 2022
  • R.A.P. Perdigão, K. Schwemmlein, Socio-Environmental Food Systems Under Anthropogenic Climate Change: The Water-Energy-Food Nexus Perspective, Chapter in, Life on Land. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Leal Filho W., Azul A., Brandli L., Lange Salvia A., Wall T., Springer, Cham, Heidelberg, 2020
  • E. Azmi, U. Ehret, S. Weijs, B. Ruddell, R.A.P. 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.A.P. Perdigão, Who is stirring the waters?, Science, Vol. 371, No. 6534, pp. 1096 - 1097, March, 2021 | BibTex
  • R.A.P. 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.A.P. 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.A.P. 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.A.P. 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, April, 2021 | BibTex
  • R.A.P. Perdigão, J. Hall, Spatiotemporal Causality and Predictability Beyond Recurrence Collapse in Complex Coevolutionary Systems, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, United States, December, 2020 | BibTex
  • R.A.P. Perdigão, Information Physics: Closing Gaps, Opening Perspectives. DOI:, Summer School for Information Theory in the Earth Sciences (SITES), Flagstaff AZ, United States, August, 2020 | BibTex
  • Associate Editor, Frontiers in Physics, 24-06-2022 - 31-12-2030
  • Editorial Board, Frontiers in Environmental Science, 28-03-2022 - 31-12-2030
  • Editorial Board, Frontiers in Earth Science, 28-03-2022 - 31-12-2030
  • 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