Ana Cristina Marinho da Costa

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Ana Cristina Costa


Ana Cristina Costa, Assistant Professor,
Doctor in Engineering Sciences (Technical University of Lisbon - Portugal)


Telephone: 213828610
Fax: 213828611
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Research Interests

My research interests include knowledge discovery in databases and data quality assessment with specific focus on spatial/temporal data. I am interested in geostatistical stochastic simulation algorithms, particularly for the modelling of spatial and temporal phenomena. As part of my research work, I have been developing geostatistical procedures to identify and remove non-climatic irregularities from data with yearly and monthly resolution. Currently, I am investigating a homogenisation procedure that is appropriate for those situations in which the monitoring stations are located in extensive areas with different climatic characteristics. A software named GSIMCLI is being designed and developed for the homogenisation of climate time series by two FCT grant holders (Sara Ribeiro and Júlio Caineta; PTDC/GEO-MET/4026/2012) under my supervision. The GSIMCLI software is freely available for download (

Five Recent Publications

    • 1) Silveira L. E., Alves D., Painho M., Costa A. C., Alcântara A., 2013, The evolution of population distribution on the Iberian Peninsula. A transnational approach (1877-2001), Historical Methods, 46, 3, 157-174, doi: 10.1080/01615440.2013.804787.
    • 2) Costa A. C., Santos J. A., Pinto J. G., 2012, Climate change scenarios for precipitation extremes in Portugal, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 108, 217-234, doi: 10.1007/s00704-011-0528-3.
    • 3) Durão R., Pereira M. J., Costa A. C., Delgado J., del Barrio G., Soares A., 2010, Spatial-temporal dynamics of precipitation extremes in southern Portugal: a geostatistical assessment study, International Journal of Climatology, 30, 10, 1526-1537, doi: 10.1002/joc.1999.
    • 4) Costa A. C., Soares A., 2009, Homogenization of climate data: review and new perspectives using geostatistics, Mathematical Geosciences, 41, 3, 291-305, doi: 10.1007/s11004-008-9203-3.
    • 5) Costa A. C., Soares A., 2009, Trends in extreme precipitation indices derived from a daily rainfall database for the South of Portugal, International Journal of Climatology, 9, 13, 1956-1975, doi: 10.1002/joc.1834.  
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