Understanding the bio-Optical properties of phytoplankton in the western Iberian coast, funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) through a Post-doc grant.
This work is divided in two different activities:
- 1 - Long oceanographic cruises
- 2 - Short oceanographic campaigns
Long Oceanographic Cruises:
An oceanographic campaign was carried out in the Atlantic off the Portuguese coast from 29th of March to 17th of April in 2011 on board of the Almirante Gago Coutinho research vessel (Portuguese Navy) managed by the Instituto Hidrográfico (IH). This cruise was the result of a very successul collaboration between partners CO, FCT-UNL and Sagremarisco.
In situ data collection acknowledged the participation of CENTRIA jointly with research scientists of the Joint Research Centre of EU and the Oceanographic Institute of the University of Lisbon. The objective was to collect full sets of ocean colour field data (in- and above-water radiometric measurements and analysis of water samples) with a view to better exploitation of remote sensing in the investigated region. A total of 68 ocean colour stations were performed during the cruise (Figure 3).
Figure 3. Location of optical stations (black dots) performed during the oceanographic campaign in the Atlantic off the Portuguese coast. Red circles highlight stations with matching in- and above-water radiometric measurements.
Short oceanographic campaings:
Several boat trips are performed in the Southern coast of Portugal, near Sagres. This work is conducted by the partner Sagremarisco.
CIMA members are executing in collaboration with OCPortugal partners a set of investigations supporting the validation of MEdium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) data products in selected European coastal basins.
The REmote Sensing Monitoring of the Atlantic off Portugal RESMAP project (Jan, 2014–Dec, 2018) is funded by the Fundacão para a Cîencia e a Tecnologia (MCTES, PT; Ref. no.: PTDC 2018 IF/00541/2013; exploratory project).
The Centro de Oceanografia (CO) is a multidisciplinary research unit of the national R&D system, whose main host institution is the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL), the other host institution of this Centre being the University of Évora (UE).
The main research lines of the Centro de Oceanografia are the following:
Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (Faculty of Science and Technology; FCT) is one of the nine academic units of Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL). The FCT/UNL campus is located in Monte de Caparica and covers approximately 30 ha, with additional capacity expansion to 60 ha. Founded in 1977, FCT/UNL is one of the most prestigious Portuguese public schools of science and engineering today, with a total enrolment of ca. 7500 students, of which nearly 1400 are postgraduate students (MSc and PhD).
Sagremarisco Lda is located at Sagres on the extreme SW of the Iberian peninsular. The company operates at the interface between industry, education and scientific research.
Industry: technical support for the local aquaculture industry and fishing fleet; also, provides facilities for marine trials of materials under development for maritime use.
Education: provides equipment and human resources for coastal field studies by both local and foreign universities, and other educational institutions.