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Physical Oceanography Laboratory (LPO)


LPO research concentrates on ocean circulation along the Portuguese coast and EEZ and combines numerical modelling and observations at three main scales: large scale (NE Atlantic circulation), coastal circulation (Iberian Upwelling Ecosystem - IUE), and estuaries. Key problems addressed comprise the understanding of the mechanisms of open ocean and coastal circulation with emphasis on the links between these two, through nesting techniques. Extensive studies of estuarine systems along the Iberian coast are being carried out, including the development of innovative monitoring and advanced modelling of systems and processes, for coastal environmental sustainability assessment. Coastal water research also includes observations and modelling of gravity waves in the near shore, sediment transport and bar system evolution.


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