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Perdigão, Rui A.P. (2023): Meteorology Courses for Civil Protection, Security and Military Forces.

Professor Rui Perdigão’s courses on Meteorology for Civil Protection, Security and Military Forces, headquartered at the Institute for Complex System Science, are now also available as semester modules at partner higher education institutions.

The courses are specially tailored to a wide-spectrum interdisciplinary audience spanning across natural, social, technical and exact sciences, with special emphasis to Civil Protection, Security and Military sectors.


  • Acquisition of fundamental competences in atmospheric and broader earth system sciences, their relevance and implementation in the conceptualization, systematization, modeling and formal analysis of the complex dynamics underlying climate change;
  • Learning fundamental principles that allow to formulate the dynamics of complex atmospheric and broader geophysical systems, including emergence of extreme phenomena, in an elegantly simple and effective way without loss of rigor nor generality;
  • Deepening scientific research, development, communication and decision at the interface between natural and social frontier sciences, for civil protection, security and military forces.


  1. Introduction to the Atmospheric Sciences, their framing and interdisciplinary interactions in the scope of the Earth System Sciences;
  2. Physical Meteorology: atmospheric structure, composition and phenomenology, along with the underlying principles;
  3. Dynamic Meteorology: the atmospheric in motion in the light of thermodynamics and geophysical fluid dynamics;
  4. Synoptic Meteorology and Weather Forecasting: from qualitative and quantitative diagnostics to prognosis and predictability assessment;
  5. Meteorological Instrumentation, Systems and Data: from sensing and registry to analysis and processing of meteorological information;
  6. From Meteorology to Climatology: from weather events to the climatic system, its variability, structural changes and multissectorial impacts;
  7. Weather and Climate extreme events: from prediction, analysis and modelling to decision support systems;
  8. From Science and Technology to Field Operation: meteorological projects, products and services for civil protection, security and military forces.

Course materials are made available to enrolled participants in our in-house and affiliated academic programs.