Ricardo García Herrera
Ricardo García Herrera
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Born on 26 April, 1958.

Doctorate (PhD) in Physical Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid.

Degree in Physical Sciences (specialisation in Atmospheric Physics) from the Complutense University of Madrid.

Graduated in the General Management Program (PDG) from the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa (IESE), of the University of Navarra.


  • Full Professor of Atmospheric Physics at the Complutense University of Madrid.
  • Researcher of the Instituto de Geociencias (CISC-UCM).
  • Director of the Department of Earth Physics and Astrophysics, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
  • Evaluator of the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund (since 2007).


  • Chair of the Spanish State Meteorological Agency (2010-2012).
  • Director General of Health Promotion and Prevention of the Community of Madrid (1991-1995).
  • Director General of Public Health of the Basque Government (1987-1991).
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the World Meteorological Organisation (2010-2012).
  • Member of the Board of Directors of AENA (2010-2012).
  • Deputy Chair of the Board of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (2011-2012).
  • Representative of Spain in the Board of EUMETSAT (2010-2012).
  • Representative of Spain in the Steering Committee of the ESF-MedCLIVAR project (2006-2010).
  • In the Complutense University of Madrid he has held, among other positions:
    • Director of the General Foundation of the Complutense University (2015-2019).
    • Director of the Department of Astrophysics and Atmospheric Sciences (2013-2015).
    • Co-coordinator of the Master in Geophysics and Meteorology (2006-2010).
    • Tenured Professor at the University for more than 20 years (1988-2010).

Other details of interest:

  • In the field of research, he has been the main researcher of many national and international projects. He has directed and developed studies and works on climate variability and change and has analysed the impact of climate on different socio-economic sectors.
  • In the field of the energy sector, he has carried out studies on the modelling of the variability of the wind and solar resources, both on a meteorological scale and in the long term; on the impact of extremes (heat waves and droughts) on the demand for energy, as well as on the relationship between weather extremes and the production of wind energy. In addition, among the research projects he has carried out is the impact of meteorology on air quality on a European scale, having been one of the pioneers in the analysis of the impact of climate extremes on health.
  • Additionally, he is the author of more than 200 articles in international journals included in the Science Citation Index (SCI), contributing author and reviewer of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Co-convener of different sessions of the European Geophysical Union and the European Meteorological Society, guest editor of several special issues in prestigious journals included in the SCI, and guest speaker in international conferences, among others, at the Royal Meteorological Society, Oxford University, Durham University, the Bermuda Biological Station, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Biennial Meeting of the Spanish Royal Physics Society.
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Full Professor of Atmospheric Physics at Universidad Complutense de Madrid.


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