Caring about the future

ChemREs2 – PAHs and inorganic contaminants in Estarreja’s rainwater: sources, spatial-temporal changes, and implications for the environment and human health
Coordinator - Patrícia S. M. Santos
Programme - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique/Institut Ecologie et Environnement (CNRS/INEE), via OHMI – International Observatory Hommes-Millieux
Execution dates - 2021-01-01 - 2022-12-31 (24 Months)
Funding Entity - CNRS/INEE - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique/Institut Ecologie et Environnement - through the OHMI - International Observatory Hommes-Milieux
Funding for CESAM - 12000 €
Total Funding - 12000 €
Proponent Institution - Universidade de Aveiro
Participating Institutions
CIIMAR/Universidade do Porto


Project Description
The atmospheric pollution in Estarreja is a matter of concern, and its impacts on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, as well as on
human health, are still unknown. A previous project studied the chemical composition of rainwater in Estarreja and identified that
local rainwater contains some contaminants, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and metals, with higher content at
the industrial area than at a nearby background site, suggesting that industrial area may be a focus of contaminants emissions.
This project intends to evaluate whether six years later the industrial activities in Estarreja continues contributing for the emission
of contaminants into the atmosphere, namely PAHs and metals, which are then removed by precipitation. The results from this
study will be important to understand the sources of contamination in the industrial area of Estarreja, and to evaluate space-time
changes, as well as the impacts of the contaminants on the environment and human beings




CESAM Funding: UIDP/50017/2020 + UIDB/50017/2020 + LA/P/0094/2020