Caring about the future

PORBIOTA - Portuguese E-Infrastructure for Information and Research on Biodiversity
Coordinator - Nuno Miguel dos Santos Ferrand de Almeida
CESAM Responsible researcher - Ana Isabel Lillebø
Programme - Operational Thematic Program for Competitiveness and Internationalization (POCI), under the PORTUGAL 2020 Partnership Agreement, through the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER) (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-022127)
Execution dates - 2017-06-01 - 2022-12-15 (67 Months)
Funding Entity - FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Funding for CESAM - 453991 €
Total Funding - 5268749 €
Proponent Institution - ICETA - Instituto de Ciências, Tecnologias e Agroambiente da Universidade do Porto, Portugal
Participating Institutions
Universidade de Aveiro
Universidade de Lisboa
Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo (IPVC), Portugal
Centro de Estudos do Ambiente e do Mar/Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas, I. P. (ICNF, I. P.), Portugal
Sociedade Portuguesa de Ecologia (SPECO), Portugal
Universidade do Porto, Portugal
Centro de Estudos Florestais, Instituto Superior Agronomia, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Centro de Botânica aplicada à Agricultura/ Instituto Superior Agronomia/Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Centro de Ecologia, Evolução e Alterações Ambientais/Fundação da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Museu Nacional de História Natural e Ciência/Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
MARE, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
Museu de História Natural da Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

Project Description

PORBIOTA is a Portuguese distributed e-infrastructure to manage biodiversity data, which will be integrated in the European e-Science infrastructure for biodiversity and ecosystem research (LIFEWATCH), an ESFRI Roadmap 2016 Landmark. Tailored according to the national needs (research, management, policy, governance, citizen science) but compliant with the requirements of LIFEWATCH and other international initiatives, PORBIOTA aims to promote a national agenda of biodiversity survey and research, to provide services to the scientific community, policy makers and managers, and to raise biodiversity awareness and public engagement with science through citizen science and other outreach programs. The infrastructure is led by a consortium that includes top national R&D Units, natural history museums, the Portuguese node of GBIF, and the Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests (ICNF), and includes some specific nodes/areas (ICOS-PT and LTER Portugal). Together, these partners hold the most comprehensive information on Portuguese biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. PORBIOTA will compile and integrate dispersed information (e.g., databases, literature, multimedia, natural history collections), thus facilitating data access and interoperability, and providing specialized biodiversity data analysis and modelling tools. Overall, PORBIOTA will help coordinate national biodiversity and ecosystem monitoring programs, providing direct support to policy implementation and evaluation, including international reporting. PORBIOTA has a strong component of ecosystem research and monitoring linked to LTER Portugal, which is a capacity building network focused on site/ecosystem-based long-term monitoring and is a member of the emerging ESFRI Roadmap 2016 project eLTER, and the European 'LTER Europe' and the global ‘ILTER’ networks. Its main goals are to collect, process and cumulatively gather high-quality data series that will allow to build knowledge, generate tools and approaches to respond to the current environmental and business challenges, create a legacy for future generations, participate in education, and promote science outreach activities. Another important component of PORBIOTA is ICOS-PT, which will be the Portuguese node of the ERIC ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation System, also an ESFRI Roadmap 2016 Landmark), monitoring GHG in terrestrial ecosystems and sensitive urban areas. The core elements of ICOS-PT are highly instrumented field experimental stations, providing high quality and detailed ecosystem observations. Data from ICOS-PT are critical to the harmonization of the carbon and water cycle at global scale.

LTER Portugal - Ria de Aveiro (Video SPECO with EN subtitles):

Water quality online monitoring station located at the LTsER platform Ria de Aveiro.

Project webpage

CESAM members on this project
Ana I. Sousa
Bruna Marques
Casimiro Pio
Heliana Teixeira

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