Researchers at UCD


João Correia

Phd Student, Researcher

School of Earth Sciences
UCD Energy Institute



During my 5 year Renewable Energy Engineering course in Lisbon's University (Sciences Faculty - FCUL), I became increasingly interested in studying and learning about climate, especially because one can merge climate studies with other fields of knowledge and/or research, such as:Renewable energy (e.g. resource variability and predictability, increasingly relevant to power generation systems); Societies/civilization's adaptability and sustainability (e.g. food production; vulnerability to both gradual changes and extreme events) or even History, Anthropology (e.g. climate¿s influence in civilizations' onset, development and fall), Biology (climate variability and change as a forcing or feedback mechanism in species' evolution) and also Culture/music (Work In "latent" Progress hypothesis).Nowadays we are becoming aware that, given its transversal and continuous influence in many activities, climate should be central in our perception of the World.
I was accepted in the Energy Systems Integration Partnership Programme (ESIPP) to study and research on climate's influence on renewable energy resources - meaning non-short term energy production (wind and solar) spatial and temporal variability that can be explained or predicted using climate drivers. This work is a part of the Climate-Energy Systems Interaction work package, supervised by Prof. Frank McDermott (UCD School of Earth Sciences) and co-supervised by Dr. Conor Sweeney (UCD School of Mathematics and Statistics).



Peer Reviewed Journals

J.M. Correia, A. Bastos, M.C. Brito, R.M. Trigo (2016) 'The influence of the main large-scale circulation patterns on wind power production in Portugal'. Renewable Energy, . [DOI] [Details]


Research Interests

Climate and Weather
Renewable Energy Systems 
Sustainable Future
Quantification of environmental influenced cultural features