Caring about the future

Diana Catarina Simões Vieira

Diana Catarina Simões Vieira


  • Author Name : Vieira D.C.S.

  • Researcher ID: A-5285-2011
  • ORCID: 0000-0003-2213-3798
  • Ciencia ID: C413-086D-45D1
  • Department: Joint Research Centre, European Commission
  • Research Group: Socio-Ecological Systems Analysis, Management & Planning (SES)
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: Vieira DCS

Research interests

Diana Vieira. Completed the PhD in Environmental Sciences and Engineering in 2015 by the University of Aveiro, MSc. in Environmental Engineering in 2008 by University of Aveiro and BSc. in Environmental Engineering in 2007 by Instituto Politécnico de Leiria. Currently working as a Researcher at Joint Research Centre at European Commission, Invited Professor at the University of Aveiro, and main supervisor of 2 PhD students.
Published 25 articles in peer-review journals. Has 1 book section, received 5 awards, and has an H-index of 12 (Scopus). During her research path, she was the Principal investigator of the FEMME project and supervised 2 PhD theses, 2 postdoctoral researchers, and 4 MSc fellows. Also, co-supervised 4 MSc dissertations, Co-supervised 2 works of course completion of LSc/BSc. Participated in 9 projects as Master, PhD, and as Pos-doctoral Fellow, and organized 6 international scientific events.
Since 2009 she was also affiliated in Centro de Investigación Forestal de Lourizán, Instituto Superior Técnico and University of Aveiro. She also did a research stay in Investigación Forestal de Lourizán (2011), and a short scientific mission in Wageningen University & Research (2018).

Currently she is dedicated to large scale post-fire soil erosion modelling, land degradation, healthy soils, and the assessment, fate, and remediation of soil pollution in EU soils.

Post-fire extreme hydrological events

Communicating Science

Gender equality

Academic degrees

PhD. In Environmental Sciences and Engineering - University of Aveiro, May 2015
M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering - University of Aveiro, 2008
Graduation in Environmental Engineering - Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, 2007

Scientific activities

Apr 2021 to present - Researcher at Joint Research Centre at European Commission
Jan 2019 to Mar 2021- Assistant Researcher (Contract Researcher under Decree-Law 57/2016 Art.23rd - Transitional Rule)- Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM)
Jun 2017 to Jan 2019 - FCT Post-Doc Researcher - Marine, Environment & Technology Center (MARETEC)
Jan 2016 to May 2017 - Post-Doc Researcher - Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM)
May 2015 to Dec 2015 - Fellowship for Scientific Research - Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM)
Feb 2010 to May 2015 - PhD student in Environmental Sciences and Engineering - Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM)


Prizes & Awards-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Award for Soil Systems Science Outstanding Early Career Scientist, European Geosciences Union

Travel award of GSER2019, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Italy
Young Scientist’s Award for Europeans, European Geosciences Union
Young Scientist’s Travel Award, National Science Foundation, United States of America
Young Scientist’s Award for Europeans, European Geosciences Union

Organization of scientific meetings-----------------------------------------------------------------
Managing wildfires in a changing world
European Geosciences Union 2019 – SSS9.6/ GM4/ NH7/ session convener / Wien, Austria

1st Work Group 4 Meeting - FIRELINKS
Fire effects on water, sediment and contaminant transport/ organizer / Aveiro, Portugal

Managing wildfire in a changing world
European Geosciences Union 2020 – SSS9.10/ GM4/ NH7/ session convener / Wien, Austria

Wildfire in the Environment: Causes, impacts and management.
European Geosciences Union 2019 – SSS10.10/ GM7.11/ HS11.68/ NH7.6/ session convener / Wien, Austria
General assembly - 16,273 scientists from 113 countries

Understanding, predicting and preventing post-fire hydrologic and erosive risks in fire-affected areas.
European Geosciences Union 2018 - SSS10.3/HS9.12/NH7.3/ session convener / Wien, Austria
General assembly - 15,075 scientists from 106 countries

Effects of fire on forest ecosystems (FuegoRED) 2016 international conference/ scientific committee/ Aveiro, Portugal



FRISCO-Managing Fire-induced RISks of water quality Contamination See more

WAFLE - Water footprint profile assessment of forests - the case of eucalypt See more

ASHES - Advection and diffusion of suspended sediments from wildfires in rough open channel flows See more

SusPiRe - a tool towards sustainable management of Pinus pinaster (Ait.) forests based on the prediction of spontaneous regeneration See more

LIFE REFOREST - Erosion prevention and flora REstauration of burnt FOREST areas through innovative fungal-technosol solution See more

ASHMOB - Wildfire ASH MOBilization by wind and water erosion: a combined measurementmodeling approach for prediction of post-fire ash mobilization risk See more

EPyRIS - Joint Strategy for the Protection and Restoration of Ecosystems Affected by Forest Fires. (Integrated management in high-risk natural areas) See more

FIRE-C-BUDs - Indirect effects of wildfire (severity) on carbon fluxes and budgets See more

Impact of Mediterranean forestry practices on soil hydrological properties: measurement and modelling See more

EROSFIRE II - A GIS-tool for slope-to-catchment-scale soil conservation management following forest wildfires See more

Scientific Supervision

PhD (Main Supervisor): Ana Rita Lopes (CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Marta Basso (CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Ana Rita Lopes (CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Alda Vieira (ex-CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Sofia Caçoilo Corticeiro (CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Joana Santos Silva (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Joana Parente (ex-CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Antonio Girona-García (ex-CESAM member)

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


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