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Rodó i López, Xavier

ICREA Research Professor at IC3 (Institut Català de Ciències del Clima). Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

Xavier Rodó (Terrassa, 1965). Founding director of the Catalan Inst. of Climate Sciences (IC3) and former head of the Climate Research Laboratory at the PCB. He began engineering studies at the UPC and completed his PhD at the UB in 1997 on the simulation of extreme systems under climate forcing. Visiting fellow at Princeton U. and afiliated scientist at COLA, US. He taught ecology (UB), advanced statistics (UPC) and at the Unesco Chair at the UPC. RyC researcher at the Dep. Meteo. & Astron. of the UB. In 2003 he edited the book ‘Global Climate: Current Research and Uncertainties in the Climate System, Springer-Verlag’. He was co-chair of CLIVAR-Spain (-2007) and SSC of the MEDCLIVAR-ESF. CA and ER of the AR4-WGII (IPCC2007). Steering Committee Member of the Drought Integration Group (DIG) of the World Climate Research Program (WCRP). Editorial Board Member of Nature Scientific Reports ‘Earth & Environmental Sciences’. Member of the OPCC to monitor climate change in the Pyrenees.

Research Interests

Mediterranean climate; tropical teleconnections; ENSO origin&dynamics; role of climate variability on the global carbon cycle; simulation of climate impacts (health, water, disasters). In the former I am particularly involved in trying to disentangle the origin of El Niño, the ways ENSO, the tropical Atlantic and the Atlantic tripole interact to modulate SW Mediterranean climate and the role that the monsoon plays modulating this interplay with both statistical and dynamical models. In the latter, I focus essentially on infectious diseases driven by climate (ABM, ODE), and on the impacts of climate on the hydrological cycle. The development of statistical techniques for improving climate diagnostics is another of my historical interests. Last but not least, I am also involved in the study of the interactions between climate and biogeochemistry through the study of the global carbon cycle. To this end we implemented a suite of EGE gases monitoring observatories in the Iberian Peninsula.

Key Words

climate, climate change, climate models, infectious diseases, cholera, malaria, climate predictability, greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide, ENSO, Mediterranean climate