During my 5 year Renewable Energy Engineering course in Lisbon's University (Sciences Faculty - FCUL), I became increasingly interested in studying and learning about climate, especially because one can merge climate studies with other fields of knowledge and/or research, such as:
Renewable energy (e.g. resource variability and predictability, increasingly relevant to power generation systems); Societies/civilization’s adaptability and sustainability (e.g. food production; vulnerability to both gradual changes and extreme events) or even History, Anthropology (e.g. climate’s influence in civilizations’ onset, development and fall), Biology (climate variability and change as a forcing or feedback mechanism in species’ evolution) and also Culture/music (work in progress hypothesis).
Nowadays we are becoming aware that, given its transversal and continuous influence in many activities, climate should be central in our perception of the World.
I was accepted in the Energy Systems Integration Partnership Programme (ESIPP) to study and research on climate's influence on renewable energy resources - meaning non-short term energy production (wind and solar) spatial and temporal variability that can be explained or predicted using climate drivers.