Prof. Charles Galdies

Prof. Charles Galdies

Prof. Charles Galdies


Associate Professor

Room 1
Rural Sciences and Food Systems
University of Malta
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Dr Charles Galdies is a senior lecturer with the Division of Environmental Management and Planning within the Institute of Earth Systems. He has received his Ph.D. in Remote Sensing and GIS from Durham University (UK) in 2005. He studied ways to improve small-scale weather and ocean forecasting in the central Mediterranean region using novel remote sensing observations of the ocean and atmosphere. Dr Galdies previously served as Chief Meteorological Officer of the Malta Meteorological Office from 2007 to 2011, and Deputy Executive Director of the International Ocean Institute Headquarters. He was also the Permanent Representative of the Government of Malta with the World Meteorological Organisation.

Dr Galdies's expertise focuses on weather and climate, the application of remote sensing for coastal, benthic and terrestrial ecological mapping, as well as environmental data processing and analysis. He has provided consultancy to the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the European Commission, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and to private companies related to ecology and policy formulation.
  • Meteorology
  • Photometry
  • Climate change
  • Earth observation technology
  • Numerical Weather Prediction
  • Geographic Information System

GALDIES, C. and VELLA, K., 2019. Future Climate Change Impacts on Malta’s Agriculture, Based on Multi-model Results from WCRP’s CMIP5. In: P. CASTRO, A. AZUL MARISA, W. LEAL FILHO and U. AZEITEIRO, eds, Climate Change-Resilient Agriculture and Agroforestry
Ecosystem Services and Sustainability
1 edn. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, .

ATTARD, C., GALDIES, C. and CONRAD, E., 2018. Can 3D Visualisations Really Convince Small Island Coastal Communities About the True Risks of Sea Level Rise? In: A. FÁTIMA, W. LEAL FILHO and U. AZEITEIRO, eds, Theory and Practice of Climate Adaptation. 1 edn. Springer, pp. 311.

GALDIES, C., 2018. Chapter 3: Climate Change (Lead Author). State of the Environemnt Report 2015. Environment and Resources Authority, Malta, pp. 1-57.

MICALLEF, S., MICALLEF, A. and GALDIES, C., 2018. Application of the Coastal Hazard Wheel to assess erosion on the Maltese coast. Ocean & Coastal Management, 156, pp. 209-222.

AGIUS, A., GALDIES, C., BONNICI, A. and AZZOPARDI, J., 2017. Improving weather forecasts by updating the surface boundary conditions of a numerical weather prediction model for the Maltese Islands. In: S. FORMOSA, ed, Emergent Realities for Social Wellbeing. pp. 151.

GALDIES, C., 2017. A Rapidly Changing Climate in an Era of Increasing Global Carbon Emissions. In: A. JONES and M. PHILLIPS, eds, Global climate change and coastal tourism: recognizing problems, managing solutions and future expectations. 1 edn. CABI, pp. 10.

PACE, M., BORG, J.A., GALDIES, C. and MALHOTRA, A., 2017. Influence of wave climate on architecture and landscape characteristics of Posidonea oceanica meadows. Marine Ecology, 38(1), pp. 1.

CARUANA,C.GALDIES, A.SAID, L.CAMILLERI, M., 2016. Climate change trends in Malta and related beliefs, concerns and attitudes toward adaptation among Gozitan farmers. European Journal of Agronomy, 74(47-), pp. 18-28.

GALDIES, C., 2016. Current and Future Impacts on the marine environemnt: the challenge to achieve good environmental ststus. Malta Report. 1 edn. Malta: Nature Trust, Malta.

BALDACCHINO, G. and GALDIES, C., 2015. Global environmental change: Economic and labour market implications for small island territories. Xjenza Online, 3, pp. 81-85.

GALDIES, C., 2015. A Spectral and Morphometric Analysis of a Small Lunar Dome Complex Blanketed by Ejecta in Euclides-J Region. Earth, Moon, and Planets, 115(1-4), pp. 115-130.

PACE, M., BORG, J.A. and GALDIES, C., 2015. Influence of hydrodynamic setting on Posidonia oceanica meadow landscape and architecture. PeerJ PrePrints, .

GALDIES, C., 2012. Temperature trends in Malta (central Mediterranean) from 1951 to 2010. Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics, 117(3-4), pp. 135-143.

GALDIES C, 2011. Malta’s climate anomaly trends and possible related socio-economic impacts. 1st Edition edn. Valletta: National Statistics Office.

GAGO, R.C., FARRUGIA, R.N., GIORDMAINA, L. and GALDIES, C., 2010. Analysis of Low Level Wind Behaviour in Central and South East Malta. Wind Engineering, 34(2), pp. 181-192.

GALDIES, C. and DONOGHUE, D., 2009. A first attempt at assimilating microwave-derived SST to improve the predictive capability of a coupled, high-resolution Eta-POM forecasting system. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 30(23), pp. 6169-6197.

GALDIES, C., 2008. Ship-generated oil discharges and exhaust emissions in the Mediterranean basin: their distribution and impact. In: A. ABDULLA and O. LINDEN, eds, Maritime traffic effects on biodiversity int he Mediterranean Sea. Volume 1: Review of impacts, priority areas and mitigation measures. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Malaga, Spain, pp. 57.

  • BIO3520 - Natural History of the Maltese Islands
  • EMP1014 - Environmental Data Processing
  • EMP1025 - Geo-spatial Mapping
  • EMP2001 - Earth's Atmospheric System
  • EMP2010 - Environmental Monitoring: Earth Observation Systems
  • EMP3016 - Environmental Pollution
  • EMP3024 - Climate Change
  • EMP5006 - Spatial Technologies for Environment Resources Management
  • EMP5007 - Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
  • EMP5016 - Tools and Techniques
  • EMP5019 - Research Methods for Natural Environment and Resource Management
  • ERL4000 - Climate Change and International Law
  • GSC1402 - Earth Observations from Space
  • GSC5101 - Global Ocean Governance Framework and Managing our Relations with the Oceans
  • MEC5009 - Energy and the Environment 2