João Carlos Verde

Physical Geographer, Ph.D


João Carlos Verde is a physical geographer, Ph.D, with a dissertation on Wildfire Susceptibility Modelling in Mainland Portugal, and a researcher on the field of risk modelling at the RISKam research group (Environmental Hazard and Risk Assessment and Management) of the University of Lisbon.

He is currently an advisor at the Portuguese Agency for Wildfire Integrated Management. He has also worked as an advisor at the Special Unit for Portuguese Wildfire Management System, which was created by the Portuguese Government late 2017 after a very severe fire campaign.

His previous working experience includes several years at the Portuguese National Authority for Civil Protection during which he took on tasks such as advisor at the national command for relief operations or delegate to the ProCiv working party of the Council of the European Union. He has also worked for the Portuguese National Forest Authority as liaison with Civil Protection.

João Carlos Verde has training under the Union Civil Protection Mechanism Training Programme.

Recent Experience

2019 – present day

Agency for Integrated Wildfire Management

Advisor for Integrated Policy Management, responsible for the 2020-2030 integrated wildfire management national plan (strategy and process chain), legislative process and liaison on EU funded projects

2017 – 2018

Special Unit for Portuguese Wildfire Management System

Advisor, as part of cabinet of the special unit, created by the portuguese government after the severe wildfires of 2017, kickstarted the 2020-2030 integrated wildfire management national plan, authored several resolutions of the council of ministers and produced a proposal of incident command system revision, among other tasks

2009 – 2017

National Authority for Civil Protection

Supporting the national directorate for Civil Protection Resources (2015 – 2017)

Physical Geographer at the Working Group on GIS (2014 – 2015)

Head of Planning, Operations and Informations Unit at the national command for relief operations (2013 – 2014)

National Operations Assistant at the national command for relief operations (2009 – 2013), awarded with the Civil Protection and Relief Medal of Merit

The Civil Protection and Relief Medal of Merit is awarded to people or organizations standing out by their actions on protecting people and assets, on a preventive or operative level, under conditions of risk, solidarity and cooperation with authorities for coordination of relief resources.

2015 – present day

Invited professor or lecturer

2016 (recurring)
Instituto de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território, University of Lisbon, Master’s Course in Geography

Instituto Superior de Educação e Ciências, Degree in Civil Protection Engineering, Geographical Information Systems

Instituto Superior de Línguas e Administração – ISLA Santarém, Post Graduation on Wildfires.


2010 – 2015

Ph.D in Physical Geography

University of Lisbon

Dissertation on Wildfire Susceptibility Modelling in Mainland Portugal

2005 – 2009

MSc in Physical Geography, Risks and Environmental Resources

University of Lisbon

Thesis on Wildfire Hazard Assessment and Modelling in Mainland Portugal (in Portuguese only)

1997 – 2001

Degree in Geography and Regional Planning, Physical Geography branch

University of Lisbon
Degree in geography covering areas as geomorphology, geology, climatology, cartography, territorial management, among others

2010 – 2012

European Civil Protection Mechanism Courses

2010 – Community Mechanism Induction Course, Italy
2010 – Operational Management Course, Sweden
2012 – Assessment Mission Course, Cyprus
2012 – High Level Coordination Course, The Netherlands


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