Francisco de Melo Viríssimo

Research Officer, LSE

Francisco de Melo Viríssimo

Francisco joined the Grantham Research Institute at LSE in November 2021 as a Research Officer in climate modelling, working primarily on the foundations of climate ensemble design as a tool to provide climate information users and consumers (such as economists, decision makers and journalists) with robust and reliable knowledge.

Francisco is a mathematician working in Earth and Environmental Sciences, with a particular interest in ocean biogeochemistry and climate dynamics. Prior his appointment at GRI, he worked as a Research Scientist for the UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton, as part of their Ocean Biogeosciences and Marine Systems Modelling groups, where he is still an associate visitor.

His research experience spans areas such as fluid mechanics, applied dynamical systems, computational mathematics and marine biogeochemical cycles.


Francisco graduated with a BSc in Pure Mathematics (2011) and an MSc in Applied Mathematics (2014), both from the University of São Paulo (Brazil), and with a PhD in Mathematics (2018) from the University of Bath (UK). Following his PhD, Francisco spent a few years working as a Research Scientist for the UK’s National Oceanography Centre. Francisco is also a visitor at the Interdisciplinary Climate Investigation Centre (INCLINE) at the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil).

In addition to his scientific work, Francisco has a broad experience in serving for professional and learned societies in his areas of expertise and in different roles. In particular, he is currently an elected Councillor and Trustee for the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), which is the professional and learned society for Mathematics in the UK.

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