Building the future by doing more together

Clara Sena

Clara Sena

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

  • Researcher ID:
  • ORCID:
  • Ciencia ID:
  • Department: Geosciences
  • Research Group: Physical Oceanography & Marine Geology (POMG)
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: RID=M-4250-2013



PES - Pockmarks and fluid seepage in the Estremadura Spur: implications for regional geology, biology, and petroleum systems See more

Reviewer in Scientific Journals

Applied Geochemistry
Ground Water
Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
Mathematical Geosciences

Co-organization of congresses and training courses

2014 - International Conference Mathematics and Engineering in Marine and Earth Problems (Univ. Aveiro)
2010 - 21st Salt Water Intrusion Meeting (SWIM)
2009 - 1st Edition of the advanced course on Environmental Hydrogeochemical Modelling (Amphos 21)
2007 - 35th Congress of the International Association of Hydrogeologists

Professional Experience

2012-2013 - Science Officer in the Project EUROFLEETS (7th European Framework Programme)
2011 - Consultant in Hydrogeology in the private company Nemus.
Elaboration and cost evaluation of the Programme of Measures of the River Basin Management Plans of Alentejo and Algarve, Portugal (European Water Framework Directive, 2000/60/EC)
2007-2010 - Consultant in Groundwater Modelling and Waste Management in the private company Amphos 21:
  - Assessment of the geochemical evolution of the Deep Geological Repository for spent nuclear fuel (client: SKB, Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co.)
  - Assessment of radionuclide mobility in engineered barriers (bentonite), deep fractured rocks, and shallow aquifers (client: SKB)
  - Assessment of biodegradation processes coupled to geochemical processes in the Deep Geological Repository (clients: JAEA, Japan Atomic Energy Agency and JPower, Japan Electric Power Development Co.)
  - Hydrogeological modelling for the closure plan of an open pit (client: Rio Tinto Minerals)

Science Outreach Projects

2013, until present - Programme Ciência Viva no Verão. Field trip: Pateira de Fermentelos: onde nasce a água e para onde vai quando se esconde? 
2013Geologia: Recursos, Riscos e Património. One-year project developed with three high-school institutions from the region of Aveiro, Portugal. Coordinated by Clara Sena.

Scientific Cruises

2014 - IODP (International Ocean Discovery Program) Expedition 351 - Izu Bonin Mariana Arc Origins.
Chief scientists: Richard Arculus (Australian National University) & Osamu Ishizuka (Geological Survey of Japan/AIST).
Duration: 62 days

2012 - GASBATS: The Gibraltar Arc System: BAthymetry, Tectonic & Sedimentary causes
Chief-scientist: Menchu Comas (CSIC / Univ. Granada, Spain)
Duration: 23 days


Domain of specialization

1) Hydrodynamics and Hydrogeochemistry of aquifers and surface water bodies
2) Numerical modelling of groundwater flow, transport of solutes, multi-phase flow and biogeochemical reactions in the context of:
- natural systems
- contamination of soil and water
- the Deep Geological Repository for high level radioactive waste (i.e. spent nuclear fuel)


2009 - PhD in Geosciences (Quantitative Hydrogeology), University of Aveiro & Amphos 21
2007 - Master degree in Geochemistry, University of Aveiro
2005 - Post-graduation in Groundwater Hydrology, Technical University of Catalonia
2003 - Graduation in Applied and Environmental Geology, University of Lisbon

Current position

Post-doctoral Fellow in the University of Oslo
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Hydrogeology at the Department of Geosciences. The post-doctoral project contributes to the 'Geology & Geophysics' and 'Geography & Hydrology' sections, strengthening the Department as a central research and educational institution in hydrogeology.
The focus of this post-doctoral project covers the topics of: groundwater flow and solute transport, unsaturated/saturated zone interactions, and water quality.

CESAM Funding: