Oceanographic data

 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.


Alice Newton

Alice Newton is a tenured Professor in the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Algarve and is member of the CIMA research centre, and a senior researcher with the Norwegian Institute of Air Research (NILU), Department of Ecology and Research.

Ana Brito

Ana Brito joined the Centre of Oceanography (FCUL) in January 2010 as Post-doc Fellow. Her PhD was awarded by the Edinburgh Napier University and her work was focused on the development of biogeochemical models. Currently, her research interests are related to the evaluation of the ecological quality of aquatic systems and the assessment of phytoplankton communities through remote sensing.

Carolina Sá

Carolina Sá joined the Centre of Oceanography in 2005 and her research interests are related to biological applications of ocean color satellite data. She has participated in several cruises off the Portuguese coast, collecting and analyzing phytoplankton in-situ measurements for the validation of bio-optical algorithms.

Gerald Moore - Bio-Optika

Bio-Optika is a partnership located in the Tamar Valley in Cornwall, UK. It provides consultancy and training on all aspects of marine and freshwater bio-optics, including algorithm development, optical metrology, instrument development. The senior partner is a member of the MERIS quality working group, and has a long involvement with ocean colour science including both SeaWIFS and MERIS science from pre-launch to algorithm calibration and validation.

John Icely

John Icely (JI) is the managing director of Sagremarisco Lda and is also a principle researcher with the Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIMA) at the University of Algarve. JI has been involved in various capacities from sub-contractor to partner in nine EU projects and is the Principle Investigator (PI) for the MERIS Validation Team (MVT) operating out of Sagres.

Priscila Goela

Priscila Costa Goela joined the Centre for Marine and Environmental Research (CIMA), in University of Algarve, in 2005. As a member of MERIS Validation Team since 2008, she has focused her research on the application of spectrophotometric and chromatographic techniques to the study of the phytoplankton communities and its relation with the optical properties of the water column.

Sónia Cristina

Sónia Cristina joined Centre of Marine and Environmental Investigation (CIMA) of the University of Algarve in 2005. As part of the MERIS Validation Team (MVT) since 2008, her research has been related to the optical properties of the seawater and the validation of ocean colour sensors, operating radiometric equipment over several validation campaigns. Since the beginning of January 2012 SC has been funded by the Portuguese FCT for an Erasmus Mundus doctoral programme between the University of Cadiz, Spain and CIMA of the University of Algarve.

Tamito Kajiyama

Tamito Kajiyama joined the Geo-Info project of the Center of Informatics and Information Technology, New University of Lisbon, in April 2008. His current research interest focuses on the design and implementation of a high-performance computing (HPC) solutions for Monte Carlo ocean color simulation.

Vanda Brotas

Vanda Brotas is Full Professor in the Department of Biology in the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. She was the Director of the Center of Oceanography between 2004 and 2006. Currently, her research is mainly focused on phytoplankton ecology and dynamics assessed through HPLC and remote sensing.

Bruno Dias Duarte Fragoso

Bruno D.D. Fragoso had studied Marine Biology at the University of the Algarve. Main interests are related with marine ecology, aquaculture and fisheries. In 2005 joined the Centre for Marine and Environmental Research (CIMA). During 2005 to 2007 at Sagremarisco Lda. participated in the CRAB project (EU project) related to marine biofouling.  In 2009 worked in IMAR-Coimbra, (ReConnect project, FCT). identifying phytoplankton of the Mondego River Estuary. In 2011 joined CCMAR to work with seagrasses (Metabolismo project, FCT). Currently he is at Sagremarisco Lda.


Center of Oceanography (CO)

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: 

Faculty of Science and Technology (FCT)

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 - Viveiros de Marisco Lda (SGM)

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.

Centre for Marine and Environmental Research (CIMA)

By nature, CIMA a multi­disciplinary unit that explores the connections between environments, processes and human populations using scientific methods coupled with state­of­the­art modelling techniques. Apart from research, CIMA places a strong emphasis on training and education, as well as providing consultation services, digital applications and scientific information to the scientific and public domains. CIMA activity is focused on 3 general aims: 1. scientific research; 2. training at Masters and PhD level and 3.