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New IPCC report on risk management and adaptation to climate change

21/11/11
The  Summary  for  Policymakers  of  the  Special  Report  on Managing  the  Risks  of  Extreme  Events  and  Disasters  to  Advance  Climate  Change  Adaptation (SREX) was approved on 18/11/11 by member governments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The report examines how disaster risk management and adaptation to climate change can reduce exposure and vulnerability to weather and climate events and thus reduce disaster risk, as well as increase resilience to the risks that cannot be eliminated.

CESAM's researcher is the author of one of the most downloaded papers in the European Journal of Wildlife Research

15/11/11
The
paper by Prof. Carlos Fonseca and co-authors entitled "Habitat selection and abundance of common genets Genetta genetta using camera capture-mark-recapture data", and published in European Journal of Wildlife Research, is amongst the ten most downloaded papers published during 2010.
This paper emphasizes that  the use of camera capture-mark-recapture data technique is  a  reliable  method  for  assessing  average  genet density over large spatial scales and for monitoring future changes in genet numbers.


 


 

Researcher of CESAM publishes an innovative paper on domestic cat in PLoS ONE

10/11/11
Domestic cats ranging freely in natural areas are a conservation concern due to competition, predation, disease transmission or hybridization with wildcats. This conclusion results from a pioneering study conducted by the researcher of CESAM Joaquim Ferreira, in collaboration with other researchers from CBA/FCUL and EBD/CSIC (Spain). The article was recently published in PLoS ONE (http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0025970), which is the largest open-access peer-reviewed journal, available only online.

Aditional information: http://www.cienciapt.net/pt/in.....Itemid=279

UA is the best Portuguese University in the World Ranking

07/10/11
The Times Higher Education ranking lists the world’s top universities for 2011-2012 and places the University of Aveiro as the Portuguese best positioned university.
This ranking employs several indicators designed to capture the full range of university activities, from teaching to research to knowledge transfer. Those elements are brought together into five headline categories: Teaching - the learning environment (30% of the overall ranking score); Research - volume, income and reputation (30%); Citations - research influence (30%); Industry income - innovation (2.5%); and International outlook - staff, students and research (7.5%).

Berlengas as Biosphere Reserve of UNESCO

30/06/11
In order to promote sustainable development of the archipelago of Berlengas, the Municipality of Peniche prepared a proposal successfully approved to the UNESCO to include the Reserva Natural das Berlengas in the international network of Biosphere Reserves.
Beyond the recognition of the high value of the natural heritage of Berlengas, the approval of this proposal demonstrates a public recognition about the problems of conservation and development, as well as the existence of specific operations to meet these constrains.
The proposal had the scientific coordination of Prof. Henrique Queiroga (CESAM/UA) and was elaborated by the Institute for Environment and Development of CESAM/UA, the School of Tourism and the Sea Technology (Peniche), the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, the Institute for Nature Conservation and Biodiversity and municipality of Peniche.

News on the daily newspaper PUBLICO (edition of 30/06/11): http://ecosfera.publico.pt/noticia.aspx?id=1500751

World Meteorological Organization awards paper of CESAM researcher

20/06/11
The World Meteorological Organization has awarded scientists for outstanding contributions in the field of meteorology, climatology, hydrology and related sciences. The prizes awarded include the WMO IMO Prize, the Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award and the WMO Research Award for Young Scientists.
Norbert Gerbier-MUMM Award for carbon-climate links
The Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award winners selected for 2012 are Drs C. Yi, D. Ricciuto, R. Li, J. Wolbeck, X. Xu, M. Nilsson, C. Pio and 144 other authors. Their paper, “Climate control of terrestrial carbon exchange across biomes and continents”, was published in Environmental Research Letters in 2010, Volume 5. The authors came from 116 academic institutes in six continents. The paper examines relationships between climate and the carbon exchange of land-based ecosystems to predict future levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Link to paper: http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/5/3/034007

CESAM team wins award of UATEC Empreende+ contest

24/01/11
The project "EcoBioSys" of CESAM graduate students Flávio Silva and João Sousa won the UATEC Empreende+ award in the category of Young Innovative Entrepreneurship.
The EcoBioSys project introduces a new process for biological treatment of waste and effluents, which offers return on investment by additional production of high value-added byproducts (microbial polymers).  Considering the legal restrictions on effluents discharge, this project focuses on the need for treatment by several industries (dairy processing, breweries, wineries, agro-based, pulp and paper, etc.) to treat their residues in a sustainable way.
The main goal of the EcoBioSys start-up enterprise is to develop a pilot-scale unit at industrial
environment, starting from a patent to be registered.

More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/detail.asp?c=19573

Researchers from CESAM awarded on National Innovation BES Contest

25/10/10 
"FishCare" developed by researchers from CESAM and Department of Biology of the UA was one of five winning projects of the National Innovation BES Contest, in the Ocean Economy category. Coordinated by the researchers Ricardo Calado and Newton Gomes, FishCare project aims to develop and adapt molecular tools that will allow the anticipation and detection of diseases that affect different marine fish species produced in intensive and semi-intensive aquaculture. Additionally, the project intends to validate reliable molecular methodologies for the traceability of national aquaculture products, in order to enable the creation of a certification of origin (e.g. bream and sea bass from Ria de Aveiro).

Investigador do CESAM nomeado para o Comité Português para a Biodiversidade

Henrique Queiroga, docente do Departamento de Biologia da Universidade de Aveiro e membro do Laboratório Associado CESAM - Centro de Estudos do Ambiente e do Mar, foi nomeado para o Comité Executivo do Comité Português para a Biodiversidade.
O comité Português para a Biodiversidade foi criado debaixo da alçada da UNESCO, no seguimento da designação, pela Assembleia-Geral das Nações Unidas, do ano de 2010 como Ano Internacional da Biodiversidade.
O Comité Executivo tem por missão coordenar as actividades a desenvolver, a nível nacional, no âmbito do Ano Internacional para a Biodiversidade.
Será dado particular destaque a actividades que visem educar e sensibilizar a opinião pública para a necessidade da conservação da Biodiversidade, bem como para aquelas que possam contribuir para o preenchimento de lacunas que existam no nosso conhecimento sobre a Biodiversidade e para as que dinamizem uma sua utilização sustentável, prosseguindo desta forma os objectivos traçados pela Década das Nações Unidas da Educação para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável (2005-2014).
Henrique Queiroga é professor de ecologia marinha e estuarina e de Oceanografia Biológica. Foi membro do Conselho de Administração do CESAM - Centro de Estudos do Ambiente e Marinha durante vários anos.
Co-autor de um relatório de consultoria encomendado pelo Governo Português para a formulação de políticas ambientais e metas a serem implementadas e cumpridas durante o Quadro de Referência Estratégico Nacional para 2007-2013, este investigador é membro do Conselho Consultivo Internacional do Instituto de Pesquisa Costeira e Planeamento (Klaipeda, Lituânia) e árbitro de projectos apresentados ao National Science Foundation (E.U.A.) e da Fundação Internacional para a Ciência.
Investigador Principal ou membro da equipa de vários projectos nacionais e internacionais de investigação sobre a ecologia marinha, Henrique Queiroga participou também em programas de monitorização ambiental em águas costeiras. É ainda editor de dois livros e autor de 30 artigos em importantes revistas internacionais na área de Biologia Marinha, árbitro de várias revistas líderes nas áreas de zoologia e ecologia marinha, e membro da organização ou comitês científicos, de seis de conferências internacionais.

Europe dominates alternative quality-of-life index

According to the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme "Global Change" Journal, issue 74 (Winter 2009, "News", page 8), Portugal stands in the in the world top 10 index as one of the countries with best quality of life. Every year the UN publishes the Human Development Index (HDI) that since the 1990's has been an immediate and iconic country-by-country snapshot of wellbeing, standard of living and quality of life. But this index was reviewed by Professor Chuluun Togtokh from the national University of Mongolia, that added the carbon dioxide emissions per capita of the index thus considering the countries that had contributed the most to global warming and consequently had the largest impact on the livelihoods of those in other countries, particularly in the developing world - the countries most affected by climate change.