School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Selma Guerreiro

Research Fellow


Areas of expertise: impact of climate change on water resources, droughts, heat waves and extreme rainfall.


PhD in "Climate change impacts on water resources and drought in Iberia" - Newcastle University (2014)

MEng in Environmental Engineering - New University of Lisbon (2005)


Best oral presentation award at the BHS Peter Wolf Early Career Hydrologists’ Event (2012)

Public engagement

I participated in the event Science Uncovered at the Hancock Museum (2016) with an interactive display concerning floods, heatwaves and droughts in European cities.

Invited speaker for a climate change seminar at SWECO UK (2015)

Public talk at the ¡VAMOS! Festival (2014) about the future of water resources in international rivers in Portugal and Spain.

Industrial experience

From 2007 to 2015 - Water resources consultancy related to rivers in the centre and north of Portugal for RP Global, an international renewable energy company.

From 2006 to 2009 - Environmental engineer, and later on, project manager at Bruno & Lopes a Portuguese environmental monitoring company whose core business is hydrological monitoring.


Royal Meteorological Society

British Hydrological Society

Portuguese Engineering Society

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Research interests

  • Impacts of climate change
  • Water resources 
  • Droughts
  • Heat-waves
  • Intense rainfall

I am working on the INTENSE project ( which is exploring how rainfall extremes will respond to a warmer world, the effect of natural variability, and the implications for adaptation strategies. A global sub-daily observed precipitation dataset is being collated and the goal is to develop innovative downscaling approaches using information from high- and coarse-resolution climate models and process understanding from observations. 

Previously, I worked on the European research project RAMSES ( My contribution to the project was the development of a high-level analysis of the impacts of climate change on flooding, droughts and heat-waves in all European cities. This hazard assessment was combined with a vulnerability and exposure assessment in order to have an indication of the risk that climate change poses to European cities. 

For my PhD I assessed the “Future climate impacts on drought and water resources in international Iberian basins”. This encompassed: statistical analysis of observed historical rainfall for Iberia (Portugal and Spain); evaluation of future climate projections from CMIP5 climate models for Iberia and running the hydrological model SHETRAN to assess changes in flows.


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Interviewed for the BBC television documentary “Weather World” about future heatwaves in Europe (2015);

Interviewed for the RTP (Portugal) evening news regarding the future river flow in Portuguese rivers (2017)


I supervise MSc and PhD students and contribute to the MSc module CEG8514 - Climate Change: Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation