Dolphins in Portuguese coast have the highest levels of mercury in the body when compared to populations in the rest of the European coast. The amount of this highly toxic heavy metal, whose values present in national populations of dolphins were investigated by a team of UA biologists, is only surpassed by the same species that live on the shores of the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas. This research gives an alert and says that we may be facing a "potential problem associated with mercury in the marine ecosystem in Portugal."
Researchers point out that the main mercury and other chemical pollutants inlet by dolphins occurs by swallowing. Sylvia Monteiro, biologist at DBio/CESAM, points out that "some of the main prey of these dolphins are important commercial species, representing food often ingested by humans."
Silvia Monteiro recalls that "there are already several studies showing that exposure to heavy metals affects the development and growth in neurological processes and reproductive success, and may cause mutagenic changes, immunosuppression and liver and kidney damage. "
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O trabalho realizado pelo Laboratório de Eco Hidrologia do CESAM “Ensaio científico sobre erosão hídrica na sequência de fogos florestais”, foi recentemente publicado na Folha Informativa da Rede Rural - N.º 70 - set 2016 - Especial Floresta. Trata-se de uma edição especial dedicada às boas práticas de gestão florestal.
O equipa do Laboratório de Eco Hidrologia está presentemente a realizar um ensaio científico, em condições de campo, com o intuito de testar a eficácia da aplicação de uma camada de resíduos florestais, provenientes do corte de eucaliptais, sobre solo recentemente queimado como medida de proteção contra a erosão hídrica.
Management of sustainable forest is the aim of the most recent international partnership led by UA biologists
FOREST-IN: INovative and Educational INformation for the Sustainable FOREST Management by Smallholders is the new European project recently approved for DBIO, UA. The Community funding, which exceeds 320,000 euros, was obtained by the Erasmus + program, the European Commission financial instrument of Education. In this case, the forest education of all actors in the forestry universe, from small forest owners and technicians to large makers, will be the main focus of this mission that will last for three years.
FOREST-IN project emerged from the need to create an agreement platform to unite the various forestry agents from Portugal, Spain and France, which usually face similar forest problems. In these countries, the predominance of private forest property, of small dimensions and mostly under the non-technical proprietary management, lead to the proliferation of practices that sometimes threaten the integrity and forest productivity and affect the ecosystem services as a whole, being urgent to share good practices and to promote forestry education.
Investigadores da UA apresentam conclusões do projeto sobre evolução do sapal na Ria
Que alterações houve nos sapais do Baixo Vouga Lagunar (incluindo juncal e caniçal) na última década? Qual a importância dos sapais como sumidouro de carbono? O armazenamento de carbono nos sapais do Baixo Vouga Lagunar será afetado pela subida do nível do mar? Estas são as perguntas fundamentais às quais o projeto “MARSH-C-LEVEL - Papel dos sapais do Baixo Vouga Lagunar no armazenamento de carbono como serviço do ecossistema: Efeitos da subida do nível do mar” procurou responder. As conclusões serão apresentadas no seminário final do projeto, a 29 de setembro, às 14h30, na Biblioteca Municipal de Estarreja.
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On 27th September, at 9:30 pm, the documentary "Deriva Litoral" of Sofia Barata with participation of CESAM and Departments of Environment and Planning, Civil Engineering, Physics, and Geosciences will be displayed in Aveirense Theatre.
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The project “Imprinting an ecological compensation reasoning on society by means of young citizens - IMPRINT+” was the only Portuguese project selected by the European Commission to integrate a working group on Education for Entrepreneurship. The project, led by the Department of Biology/CESAM, is part of the international strategic partnerships for the School Education, funded by the Erasmus + program.
With less than a year, the IMPRINT + project has been positioning itself as a reference project in environmental education and in participatory citizenship in the various countries of the consortium. Now it was the European Commission, which finances the project through the Erasmus+ program, to recognize its relevance in the area of Young Entrepreneurship.
IMPRINT+ project aims to promote an environmentally responsible behaviour through games and educational competitions. The primary target audience is children and young people, but the messages are aimed at society as a whole, assuming the mobilizing power of the youngest people to behavioural changes. The innovative character of the project is related to its multidisciplinary approach and to the fact of combining the conservation of natural resources and environmental education with the green entrepreneurship.
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Partnership for the recovery, health and ecology of marine animals
The University of Aveiro and the Lisbon Oceanarium signed a partnership agreement on 19th August, which will be valid for one year with possibility of renewal, consolidating the cooperation that already existed previously. The document provides a framework for cooperation in the field of marine science applied to rehabilitation, health and ecology of marine animals to be develop at the Center for Research and Rehabilitation of Marine Animals (CPRAM), an integrated unit of ECOMARE-Laboratory for Innovation and Sustainability of Marine Biological Resources, under UA responsibility.
The involvement of the Lisbon Oceanarium in CPRAM activities will broaden the scope of the partnerships that make the ECOMARE possible and that have already involved the Portuguese Society of Wildlife, the Administration of the Port of Aveiro and the Municipality of Ílhavo.
The EcoMare will enclose, in addition to CPRAM, the Center for Extension and Environmental and Marine Research (CEPAM) and a library of living organisms - Marine Invertebrates and Microbial Simbiontes Library, among other facilities.
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Documentário co-produzido pela Fábrica Centro Ciência Viva e pela UA apresentado no Festival Internacional de Cinema de Avanca 2016
" Deriva Litoral - the impact of coastal erosion in Portugal", a documentary co-produced and conducted by Fábrica Centro Ciência Viva and UA, will be presented in world premiere at the Film International Festival of Avanca, between July 27 and July 31. The premiere of this documentary is scheduled for July 30, at 17:00, in the Auditório Paroquial de Avanca.
This documentary is based on interviews with researchers from the University of Aveiro, and brings together a wide range of real images, places and facts accompanied by scientific explanations. This is an analysis of the agents that are at the root of the problem and an exercise of reflection on future solutions. The film had the participation of Environment and Planning Department, Civil Engineering Department, Physics Department, Geosciences Department, University of Aveiro and CESAM.
This production started from the winter 2013-2014, when the Portuguese coast was battered by heavy storms and prolonged sea waves. Coastal areas were reported for the worst reasons and, in recent years, there has been in Portugal a progressive advance of the sea, exposing the safety of people and properties - the Portuguese beaches are losing sand! For several factors. The information available did not seem to be enough for the understanding of all these phenomena. Make it better and accessible to all of us becomes essential now that scientific community debate the erosion problems and their causes.
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Biologists at the University of Aveiro participate in aerial census of cetaceans
Biologists at the University of Aveiro (UA), Department of Biology (DBIO) and the Center for Research and Rehabilitation of Marine Animals (CPRAM), participated in the cetaceans aerial census campaigns integrated in SCANS III project, held between the 6th and July 14, and attended by the biologists team of LIFE + project MarPro, coordinated by Catarina Eira, a researcher at the DBIO and CESAM, and by biologists of CPRAM-ECOMARE team.
The study area covers the entire continental shelf of the European Atlantic from the Strait of Gibraltar to Norway. Simultaneously, they are operating three ships dedicated to monitoring offshore areas and seven aircraft that will sample the area of the continental shelf. In this campaign and for the Iberian Peninsula were sampled 75 routes from the Strait of Gibraltar to the border with the South of France.
During this work 376 sightings of cetaceans groups were made, totalling 3870 individuals, with six individual sightings of common turtles.
For more information about the SCANS III, visit the official page of SCANS III project.
Air quality forecast system is now more complete
A dispersion forecasting module in the national territory of desert dust, coming from North Africa, was recently integrated in air quality forecasting system developed under a partnership between the Portuguese Environment Agency and the University of Aveiro (UA) – more precisely, the GEMAC research group of the Department of Environment and Planning. Accordingly, it is possible to make and integrate the forecasting of these natural events, so frequent in Portugal, allowing warnings to the population and avoiding health problems: http://previsao-qar.web.ua.pt/.
In addition, summer and the desired sunny days can have a drawback: the quality of the air these days is not always the best ... Nonetheless, with the help of GEMAC Group of DAO/UA, it is possible to predict the quality of the air.
The usefulness of this service, with benefits for the general population, could be of particular interest to the most sensitive groups. This is the case of children, the elderly, asthmatics and people with allergies, respiratory diseases or heart problems.
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