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History and contextualization of the program

Starting from the Undergraduate Program in Meteorology of the Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM), inaugurated in 2005, and the already consolidated Atmospheric Physics Group of the Physics Department of the same university, the Postgraduate Program in Meteorology of the UFSM (PPGMET -UFSM) began in 2008 with a Master’s level and a Faculty consisting of 8 members. With the continuous growth of the Teaching and Student Body and the number of Master’s degrees completed, the creation of the Doctoral Program of the PPGMET-UFSM was approved at the end of 2012, with the first students entering the academic year 2013. The PhD course in Meteorology is a pioneer in the south of Brazil and until March 2016 remains the only one in this region.

Until the beginning of the 2016 school year, PPGMET-UFSM graduated 40 Masters in Meteorology, and currently counts (June 2016) 37 students, of which 22 are PhDs. The current faculty is formed by 15 permanent members and 2 collaborators, of which 8 are CNPq researchers.

The remarkable growth of the Faculty in the 8 years of existence of the PPGMET-UFSM shows the consolidation of the program and the expansion of the knowledge areas of the graduates profiles, including micrometeorology, surface-atmosphere interaction, hydrometeorology, agrometeorology, physical and statistical climatology , mesoscale meteorology, atmospheric chemistry, atmospheric pollution, meteorological instrumentation, ocean-atmosphere interaction, and numerical modeling of the atmosphere.

Areas, lines and projects

Lines and research projects in the main concentration area



  1. Research Line: Micrometeorology


  1. Research Line: Studies and Applications in Weather and Climate




The Master must complete a minimum of 18 (eighteen) credits in subjects included in the course curriculum, of which, compulsorily, 12 (twelve) credits must be in basic (compulsory) training courses, four (4) credits in complementary disciplines electives), and 2 (two) credits in oriented teaching.


The doctoral candidate must complete a minimum of 36 (thirty-six) credits in courses included in the course curriculum so distributed: a minimum of 18 (eighteen) credits in basic (compulsory) courses, 6 (six) credits in the discipline of Seminars in Meteorology, 2 (two) credits in the discipline of Applied Meteorology Studies, a minimum of 2 (two) or a maximum of 4 (four) credits in oriented teaching, and the other credits distributed among the courses of complementary training of the course .


The registration will be made via Internet, at www.ufsm.br/prpgp, menu EDITORS, submenu “Edital Selection”, this being the only form of registration accepted to participate in the selection in this announcement.

Please read the SELECTION NOTICE carefully.

Internationalization and exchange

International insertion

Through the numerous international partnerships in the field of scientific research, demonstrated in the item exchanges, PPGMET has shown a growing internationalization. In addition to the international scientific publications of PPGMET, teachers and students have been encouraged to attend international events. The students are also encouraged to participate in the doctorate sandwich. The partnership with CNR-Italia allowed a student to pass for a doctorate sandwich, Alcimone Comim under the supervision of prof. Humberto Rizza. The student Lucas Vaz Peres held a doctorate sandwich at the Laboratoire de l’Atmosphère et des Cyclones - Lacy through the partnership with the Université de La Réunion, France, under the supervision of Prof Hassan Bencherif. In 2017, four PhD students are already accepted for the Post Doctoral Program (PDSE), which represents more than 70% of the students eligible to participate in the PDSE.

The projection of PPGMET outside the country has already reflected in the admission of foreign students. In 2014 we received two Cuban students to take the master’s degree, who in 2016 defended their dissertations in 24 months and are currently PhD professors at PPGMET. In addition, one of the three postdoctoral researchers linked to the program is Peruvian.

The PPGMET is working to create the Minter course along with the Meteorology course from UNA (National University of Assuncion / Paraguay). The UNA Meteorology course is a young course that still demands specialized human resources at Masters and PhD levels. The Minter project will leverage the training of human resources in the area of meteorology meeting the demand of Paraguay and neighboring countries.

The UFSM has encouraged the internationalization of its PPGs, providing for 2017, 20 quotas of the foreign visiting researcher. The PPGMET received a quota and had a foreign candidate who was approved and will work as a foreign visiting researcher in PPGMET for up to 4 years (Lucas Mortarini)

In February 2017 the PPGMET was visited by a commission of professors and researchers from the University of Oklahoma when a scientific cooperation partnership was signed. This partnership will create new opportunities for PPGMET teachers and students to interact with foreign scientists.

International Exchanges

The UFSM maintains a Secretariat for International Affairs that manages formal international agreements to reduce bureaucratic procedures in the partnerships between researchers. Currently, UFSM has bilateral agreements with numerous institutions in more than 30 countries (http://w3.ufsm.br/sai/index.php/convenios). These formal agreements allow the exchange of researchers and students with greater efficiency.

The following is a description of the main projects, cooperations and international agreement in the PPGMET that allows the exchange of both scientific (information) and personnel (scientific visits, doctorate sandwich)

  • Research project with the participation of the University of Bristol-UK, through Dr. Rafael Rosolém and NCAR-USA through Dr. Cândida Dewes, with the participation of EMBRAPA Environment, IAG-USP, UNESP / Bauru. In the project coordinated by PPGMET prof Jonatan Tatsch entitled Hydroclimatic Environmental Services associated with Brazilian environmental legislation.

  • Scientific cooperation between the PPGMET, through prof. Débora Roberti, and the Higher Institute of Agronomy (ISA) of the University of Lisbon-Portugal, through Dr. Luis Santos Pereira. In this cooperation, studies of micrometeorological parameters for the description of the evapotranspiration process are performed. This cooperation was fundamental so that student Gisele Rubert could hold a sandwich doctorate at the ISA in the first semester of 2017. Prof Pereira visited UFSM in 2016, lecturing at PPGMET. He is a researcher with important work in the field of evapotranspiration and has been an FAO consultant for more than 30 years, having cooperations in several countries.

  • Scientific cooperation between Prof. Debora Roberti and the State University of Colorado through Dr. Ian Baker. This cooperation allows us to use the Sib3 atmosphere surface interaction model for calibration, validation and refinement of its equations in the Pampa region. This model is widely used as a surface contour condition in atmospheric models. This partnership was initiated when Dr. Baker participated in the Brazilian Workshop on Micrometeorology.

  • International Cooperation Agreement between UFSM and CNR-Italy’s The Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, culminating in the long cooperation between several PPGMET professors and CNR researchers. The objective of the agreement is to promote scientific integration in the area of atmospheric sciences between Brazil and Italy. The Coordinator at UFSM is Prof Gervásio Annes Degrazia and Dr. Umberto Rizza, is the coordinator of this agreement in Italy. Dr Rizza currently has a Special Visiting Researcher Scholarship - PVE funded by CNPq. In this agreement, the doctoral student of the PPGMET, Alcimoni Comin, was contemplated with a Sanduíche doctoral scholarship in 2015. Encouraged by this agreement, Dr. Lucca Mortarini, was contemplated with a scholarship of visiting professor of 4 years in the PPGMET.

  • Research project jointly with the UFGRS for laboratory training and training of human resources in wind energy and heliothermal energy, entitled ‘STROMA - Simulation of the stratified planetary layer in a wind tunnel in the presence of aero-generators’. Prof. Gervásio Degrazia is the coordinator of the project, with international cooperation with Prof. Adrian Wittwer of the National University of the Northeast, Argentina. This project has enabled the cooperation of different research groups in the realization of wind tunnel simulations with applications in the generation of wind energy. The project also involves and provides new insights to a consulting firm on different types of power generation. The Prof. Wittwer has visited both UFSM and UFRGS frequently. This project is funded by CNPq.

  • Participation in research project ‘Impact of the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean on South American Climate for the 20Th and 21st Centuries’ developed by PPGMET teachers in conjunction with USP (IAG and IO) and the University of California Santa Barbara / USA. The main objective of this research project is to understand the current climate variability of South America with the analysis of atmospheric and oceanographic observational data and to analyze future climate scenarios using data from Global Circulation Models and dynamic simulations of downscaling through Regional Climate Models (RCMs). Professor Simone Ferraz coordinates one of the components of this project.

  • Prof. PPGMET’s Simone Ferraz is coordinator in conjunction with Prof. Tercio Ambrizzi (USP) in the subproject ‘Detection, attribution and natural variability of the climate’ of the National Institute of Science and Technology for Climate Change (INCT-MC). INCT-MC is a comprehensive network of interdisciplinary research on climate change and is based on the cooperation of 90 research groups from 108 Brazilian and 18 foreign institutions and universities. It involves more than 400 researchers, students and technicians, constituting the largest environmental research network ever developed in Brazil.

  • Scientific collaboration of Prof. Otávio Acevedocom to Dr. Jielun Sun (NCAR-USA) and Dr. Larry Marth (NWSA-US) for atmospheric boundary layer studies. Prof. Otávio Acevedo visited the NCAR-USA participating in scientific meetings and defined future work together.

  • Participation in the ATTO project (Amazon Tall Tower Observatory). This is an international cooperation led by INPA and the Max Plank Institute for Chemistry, Mainz - Germany and with the participation of several other institutions including UFSM. The main research line of the project involves micrometeorological observations and chemistry of the atmosphere in a tower of 320 m of height. UFSM is officially one of the co-executing institutions, participating from the project planning stage, including installation, data analysis and publications. The student Pablo and Prof. Otávio Aceved has participated in intensive campaigns. Some ATTO researchers have regularly participated in the Brazilian Micrometeorology Workshop at UFSM.

  • Participation in the GO-Amazon project, in the subproject led by Prof Marcelo Chameki of UCLA-USA and José Fuentes of Penn State University (PSU) - USA, this project whose observational measures ended in 2015, remains active in the analysis phase of the data. Prof. Otávio Acevedo and the student Pablo participate actively in this phase. This cooperation will allow Pablo’s participation in the Sanduíche doctorate in the PSE. A scientific meeting of this subproject was held at UFSM in November 2015.

  • There is a cooperation with Dr. Scott Miller’s group from ASRC, Albany-USA with LuMET for development of flow estimation tools on on-board platforms. Dr. Scott visited the UFSM for scientific meetings in 2016. This cooperation takes place directly with Prof. Otavio, his advisers and the PPGMET postdoctor Luis Gustavo Martins.

  • There is a long-standing cooperation with the group of Dr. David Fitzjarrald from SUNY-USA. Dr. Otávio Acevedo was invited to a scientific meeting with a seminar presentation at SUNY in 2016. PhD student Adriano Battisti will hold a sandwich doctorate in the first semester of 2017 with Dr. Fitzjarrald.

  • Prof. Nahtalie’s scientific collaboration with Dr. Candida Dewes of NOAH - USA for studies of climatic variability in South America. Dr. Candida has participated in PPGMET student guidance committees.

  • Prof. Nathalie Boiaski’s scientific collaboration with Dr. Leila Carvalho and Dr. Charles Jones of the University of California Santa Barbara / USA where PPGMET’s GPC group has been working together to develop climate indices.

  • Prof Damaris Pinheiro and Vagner Anabor participate in the Project ‘MESO - Modeling and prediction of the Secondary effects of the Antarctic ozone hole’, coordinated by prof Damris in Brazil and Prof. Hassam Bencherif from the University of Reunion Island in France. He also participates in the design of the University of Reims-France. The project is a cooperation supported by CAPES-COFECUB edict. Dr. Bencherif visited the PPGMET, giving lectures and attending meetings. In this project, doctoral student Lucas Vaz Peres held the sandwich doctorate under the supervision of Dr. Bencherif who coordinates the LACY (Laboratoire de l’Atmosphère et des Cyclones), which is a joint research unit CNRS / Université de la Réunion / Météo -France (UMR 8105). The project is expected to close in December 2020 with the approval of 4 sandwich doctorate and 4 post-doc fellowships, all of which should be linked to PPGMET, as well as scholarships for French students to visit UFSM.

  • Prof Angelica participates in the international cooperation project signed between ESALQ / USP and a research group of the Environmental Sciences Department of Wageningen University, The Netherlands. financed by CAPES. Prof Angelica is inserted in the study of radicular extraction, extended to the scale of the rhizosphere of plants, specifically aiming the prediction of water stress and the reduction of the associated agricultural yield. The collaboration has been maintained through USP - Piracicaba visits for scientific meetings with Professor Quirijn de Jong van Lier. The data obtained in the project were collected by Prof Angelica at the University of Wageningen under the supervision of Prof. Klass Metselaar

  • Scientific collaboration of Prof Ernani Nascimento with the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) of NOAA - USA in the study of severe storms in southern Brazil. Cooperation with Dr. Harold Brooks of the NSSL involves the identification of conditions favorable to severe storms in southern Brazil and with Dr. Michael Coniglio in the study of instability lines that cause intense winds in RS. Within this collaboration the doctoral student Eliton Figueiredo will hold the PDSE internship in the first half of 2017.

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