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RIA DE AVEIRO AS A NATURAL LABORATORY

Ria de Aveiro is a shallow coastal lagoon located on the NW coast of Portugal (40?38’N, 08?45’W) connecting Vouga River catchment area to the Atlantic Ocean. It consists of a complex network of tidal channels, tidal flats, salt marshes and supra-tidal sand isles, and contains Vouga River estuary. Ria de Aveiro has c. 45 km in length and 10 km wide covering an area up to 83 km2 of wetland, and it exhibits a longitudinal salinity gradient from c. 0 to about 36. It has a unique geomorphology and a relevant degree of contamination. Ria de Aveiro, houses the largest area of contiguous salt marsh in Portugal and one of the largest in Europe, and is the habitat of important wintering populations of waders. This way, Ria de Aveiro is a valuable laboratory where it is possible to develop research related to different areas including ecology, biodiversity, ecosystem services, ecotoxicology, etc.

Ria de Aveiro is a LTER site. LTER network is a Long-Term Ecological Research network of sites, where long-term ecological research is practiced, aiming to monitor and to store relevant data in Ecology field. LTER is currently part of the e-infrastructures PORBIOTA and LifeWatch ERIC. Data collected under the scope of LTER is stored in DEIMS-SDR database, an information management system that saves long-term data from ecosystem research sites around the globe. CESAM provides daily meteorological data and monthly biomass and soil sediment data to feed this database.

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