Forging sustainability

Sandra Isabel Moreira Rafael

Sandra Isabel Moreira Rafael

Assistant Researcher

  • Researcher ID: K-1890-2014
  • ORCID: 0000-0002-6559-4802
  • Ciencia ID: AB18-60C2-DD95
  • Department: Environment and Planning
  • Research Group: Atmospheric Processes & Modelling (APM)
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: Researcher ID : K-1890-2014

Research interests

Air quality modelling

Climate change

Nature-based solutions

Urban resilience

Urban surface energy balance

Academic degrees

2017: Phd in Environmental Sciences and Engineering, University of Aveiro. Thesis title: "Urban air quality and climate change: vulnerability, resilience and adaptation".

2012: Master in Environmental Engineering, University of Aveiro, Portugal. Thesis title: "The Energetic Conversion of Forest Biomass and the Air Quality".

2010: Environmental Engineering Degree, Agrarian Polytechnic School of Coimbra, Portugal.

Scientific activities

25/06/2019-31/07/2020 Assistant Researcher at the Department of Environment of the University of Aveiro (ClairCity project, grant agreement number 689289)

2018-2019 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Environment of the University of Aveiro (FCT FUTURAR project)

2015-2017 PhD student at the Department of Environment of the University of Aveiro.

2012-2015 Research Fellow at the Department of Environment of the University of Aveiro.

2010-2010 Internship at the Department of Environment and Life Quality of Coimbra Municipality.



HERA - Integrating Environment and Health Research: a Vision for the EU See more

GENESIS - Green roofs and walls ENvironmental Economic and SocIal Savings: Modelling uncertainty and investors / users preferences in all-inclusive cost-benefit analysis of green roofs and walls See more

LIFE INDEX-AIR: Development of an Integrated Exposure – Dose Management Tool for Reduction of Particulate Matter in Air See more

InFLOWence - Optimizing the influence of connected and autonomous vehicles on the environmental efficiency of road traffic flows See more

@CRUiSE - Advanced Impact Integration Platform for Cooperative Road Use See more

FUTURAR - Air quality in Portugal in 2030 – a policy support See more

CLAiR-City - Citizen Led Air pollution Reduction in Cities See more

ClimAdaPT.Local - Municipal Strategies for Adaptation to Climate Change See more


CLICURB - Urban atmospheric quality, climate change and resilience See more

APPRAISAL— Air Pollution Policies foR Assessment of Integrated Strategies At regional and Local scales See more

BIOGAIR - Impacts of biomass to energy chain on air quality and Portuguese climatic policy See more

Scientific Supervision

Master (Co-supervisor): Carole Bodilis (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): João Pedro Pestana (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Rodrigo Costinha (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Antônio Fonseca (not a CESAM member)


Group of Emissions, Modelling and Climate Change

CESAM Funding: