Xavier Rodó is an ICREA Research Professor and the IC3 Founding Director. He began engineering studies at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) but he gets his PhD at the Barcelona University (UB) in 1997 with a study on the simulation of extreme ecosystems under climate forcing. He was a visiting fellow at Princeton University and he is currently associated visiting scientist at COLA, Maryland. He taught ecology at the UB, statistics at the UPC and was also researcher at the Dep. Meteorologia i Astronomia at the UB and external professor in the Cathedra UNESCO at the UPC since 1999. LRC keeps active collaborations with the Univ. of Michigan, Princeton, UCSD/Scripps, U. London and the CNRS. In 2003 he edited the book ‘Global Climate: Current Research and uncertainties in the Climate System’, published by Springer-Verlag. He was co-chair of CLIVAR-Spain until 2007 and he is currently member of the SSC of the MEDCLIVAR-ESF program. He was Coordinating Lead Authors (CLA) and Review Editor (RE) of the Assessment Report 4 – Work Group II (AR4-WGII) of the Intergovernmental Panel on climate Cahnge (IPCC) on 2007.
Xavi is interested in research in fields as diverse as Mediterranean climate, tropical teleconnections, seasonal forecasting, ENSO dynamics, and the role of climate variability on the global carbon cycle and also the detection/simulation of climate impacts. In the former he is particularly involved in trying to disentangle the ways ENSO, the tropical Atlantic and the Atlantic tripole interact to modulate SW Mediterranean climate and the role that the AMO phase and the monsoon plays modulating this interplay with both statistical and dynamical models. In the latter, he has focus essentially on infectious diseases and particularly in epidemics driven by climate, and also recently on the impacts of climate on the hydrological cycle. The development of statistical techniques for improving climate diagnostics is another of his historical interests. Last but not least, he is also involved in the study of the interactions between climate and biogeochemistry through the study of the atmospheric component of the carbon cycle. This is done by means of a suite of operational stations monitoring CO2 concentrations over the Iberian Peninsula and the use of CO2 airborne analyzers and a suite of models.