Maria João Costa concluded her PhD from the University of Évora in 2004 and obtained the Habilitation title in Earth and Space Sciences – Atmospheric and Climate Physics in 2020, both from the University of Évora, Portugal.
Her main research interests deal with remote sensing from different platforms, with special interest in aerosol and cloud characterization, interactions and radiative forcing assessment. She has authored / co-authored more than 100 peer-refereed publications, coordinated several research projects and supervised/co-supervised over 15 students.
She is Assistant Professor with Habilitation at the Physics Department, School of Sciences and Technology, University of Évora, and presently the Scientific Coordinator of the Earth Remote Sensing Laboratory (EaRSLab) and of the research group in Atmospheric Sciences, Water and Climate at the Institute of Earth Sciences (ICT). She is, since 2020, the Director of the PhD course in Earth and Space Sciences of University of Évora.