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CESAM/UA biologists participate in cetacean census in the Portuguese coast


In the air census campaign for cetaceans held between 18 and 19 June, several species were seen by researchers and PhD students of DBio. Among these species are fin whales, minke whales, sperm whales, pilot whales, Risso's dolphin, ziphius, beaked whales, striped dolphin, and common and bottlenose dolphins. The Mission took place between 50 and 200 Nautical miles along the national coast and occurred in the framework of the Cooperation Protocol established by the LIFE + MARPRO between the Portuguese Air Force, UA, and Portuguese Wildlife Society. In the whole researchers saw 698 individuals belonging to those species.

More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=42893

Ana Lillebø publishes book in the field of management of coastal waters and lagoons


Ana Lillebø, Assistant Researcher at the CESAM & Department of Biology, published the book Coastal Lagoons in Europe: Integrated Water Resource Strategies and gave an interview to the IWA Water Wiki. The book focuses on integrated management strategies seen in a land-sea and science-policy-stakeholder perspective. This book is one major result of the EU-FP7 LAGOONS research project (http://lagoons.web.ua.pt), coordinated by Ana Lillebø. The recommendations deriving from the project are presented in the book in an overall pan-European perspective. The book also contain key issues that should be considered by scientists, decision makers and managers in management of coastal lagoons. 

Mónica Amorim completes one year as president of SETAC Europe


Monica Amorim, researcher at CESAM and Department of Biology (DBio) at University of Aveiro, celebrates one year as president of SETAC (Society of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology) to Europe, one of the ecotoxicology societies with more expression worldwide.
In her message on the online newspaper SETAC–Globe (http://globe.setac.org/2015/ma.....ident.html), Monica Amorim refers as one of the fundamental aspects of her mandate the creation of SETAC Europe Certification of Environmental Risk Assessors Program (http://www.certification.setac.eu/?contentid=956), which accounts with some courses taught at the University of Aveiro.

More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....mp;c=42768


Clara Grilo co-editor and e co-author of the book “Handbook of Road Ecology”


The book "Handbook of Road Ecology", released this month by Wiley Blackwell, brings together some of the leading researchers, academics and professionals in the field of road infrastructure. The challenge of the book, which has Clara Grilo, a post-doc researcher at CESAM/UA, as co-editor and co-author, is to improve the ecological sustainability of linear infrastructure that have negatively affected many animal populations and landscapes.

More details in: http://handbookofroadecology.org

CESAM develops drone to monitor forests health condition


It is the first time that a drone is prepared to monitor the health condition of forests. Developed at the University of Aveiro, this technology coupled with the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) allows the evaluation of the impact degree of various stress factors in a forest area, caused by the lack of water or nutrients, or caused by diseases or insects and fungi attack. This project aimed primarily to change the paradigm of the monitoring of forests, which is time consuming when performed by technicians in the field, being already thought to be at the service of agricultural applications.
The project coordinator, Jan Jacob Keizer, CESAM researcher was in RTP2 Civil Society program explaining the LUNA project.

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Director of CESAM considered an outstanding reviewer of Atmosferic Environment journal


Atmospheric Environment is the international journal for scientists in different disciplines related to atmospheric composition and its impacts. The journal publishes scientific articles with atmospheric relevance of emissions and depositions of gaseous and particulate compounds, chemical processes and physical effects in the atmosphere, as well as impacts of the changing atmospheric composition on human health, air quality, climate change, and ecosystems.

Milene Matos awarded double prize Terre de Femmes


Project “Promotion of the Natural, Historical and Cultural heritage of Mata Nacional do Buçaco, a project of the biologist of the University of Aveiro, is the winner of the Terre the Femmes public prize 2015 - the Grand Prix International for Portugal and Public Choice Award Winner.
Milene has dedicated her energy to the Mata do Bussaco, focusing her PhD on studying this national heritage. In her research that spanned more than six years, she scientifically demonstrated the importance of the Mata's plant and animal heritage for the entire surrounding region. She contributed to developing the strategy to protect and improve biodiversity and works as a volunteer with the Mata do Bussaco Foundation (FMB). After earning her PhD in 2011, she worked on promoting the Mata do Bussaco through environmental awareness programmes that have welcomed more than 200,000 visitors.  

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CESAM study finds heavy metals harmful to health in domestic biofuels


Zinc, lead, iron and arsenic are some of heavy metals discovered by a CESAM/UA team in the particles emitted during the burning of various types of domestic pellets for sale in the national market. Enhancers of multiple respiratory diseases and cancer triggers, the high contents of metals identified result from the use, in the manufacture of pellets, of waste wood from furniture and building industry containing paint or adhesiv which have been treated with biocides to prevent infestation.

More details in: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....mp;c=42454

Atmospheric Research's top 5 downloaded articles is headed by CESAM paper