8 May, 2019

Dra. María de las Nieves Lorenzo González

Department of Applied Physics
Earth Sciences
“Campus da Auga” Building
Rúa Canella da Costa da Vela 12
Universidade de Vigo
32004 Ourense, Spain
Office: 2.4
e-mail: nlorenzo@uvigo.es
Phone: +34 988 387 329

Working Fields

Past, Present and Future Changes in Ocean Circulation: Data and Models: Paloclimatic data suggest that changes in ocean circulation have played an important role in the climatic changes of the recent geologic past. Rapid, high-intensity changes have occurred repeatedly in both ocean circulation and climate during the last glacial period. It is important to study whether similar changes could be repeated in the future. In our research, we try to understand past, present and future changes in ocean circulation, both its mean value and its natural variability. One of the most important topics of our study is to study with simple and intermediate complexity models the sensitivity and stability of the thermohaline circulation to different forcings.

Monthly, seasonal and decadal forecasting: Our research is developed in the study of climate averages and extreme events based on both dynamic and statistical approaches. Typical tools for this study are ensemble forecasting, multi-model approximations, weather types or synoptic patterns…

Atmospheric teleconnection patterns: Atmospheric teleconnection patterns play an important role in understanding climate variability over a wide spatial and temporal range. Our research analyzes the role of such atmospheric patterns on global and regional climate variability and their predictability.

Some of the topics covered are:

  1. Decadal variability of atmospheric patterns from observational data Proxy data and model simulations.
  2. The role of teleconnection patterns in climate predictability at global and regional scales.
  3. Nonlinear aspects of teleconnection patterns including the asymmetry of tropical and extratropical teleconnections and weather regimes.

Dynamic Meteorology: study of the dynamics and predictability of mid-latitude, tropical and polar weather systems, Studies of meteorological phenomena.


M.N. Lorenzo, I. Álvarez, J.J. Taboada (2022) Drought evolution in the NW Iberian Peninsula over a 60 year period (1960–2020), Journal of Hydrology, Vol. 610, 127923. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2022.127923 (Published) [pdf]

M.N. Lorenzo, I. Álvarez (2022) Future changes of hot extremes in Spain: towards warmer conditions, Natural Hazards, DOI: 10.1007/s11069-022-05306-x (Published) [pdf]