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Opinion text of the CESAM researcher Alexandra Monteiro


Because there is no fire without smoke
Already (almost) everything was said about the overwhelming forest fires of Pedrogão Grande and the associated dramas, from the number of deaths, to the destruction of lands, forest and materials. A drama that covers all aspects from the human, environmental, social and economic sides. These tremendous dimensions of tragedy hide lesser known but also disturbing aspects, as explained by Alexandra Monteiro, researcher of CESAM.
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CESAM research predicts that heat waves will increase fivefold in 100 years


CESAM researchers used a climate model and simulated three representative periods of three climates: a reference history (1986-2005), a medium-term future (2046-2065) and another for a distant future (2081-2100). For the three climates, the numbers of heat waves were calculated and their characteristics were analyzed namely, duration, intensity and recovery factor (difference between maximum and minimum temperature in a heat wave day).
When comparing the values ​​of the current climate and the values ​​of the future climate (2081-2100) it is verified that in this future throughout the Iberian Peninsula there will be five to six heat waves per year, representing five times more than at present, and that these heat waves, which are now maintained for five days on average per year, will continue to last for an average of 40 to 50 days. This means that, on average, most summer days will be days of extreme heat.

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CESAM researchers discover solution to eradicate microplastics from the ocean
UA explains... how can forests resist to the fires?


History repeats itself every year. Temperatures rise and the theme of the fires returns to the covers of newspapers and the openings of the news. The green that color our landscapes disappears and the ashes take over our forests. The question hangs in the air. Can our forest withstand so many fires? Yes they can. How? CESAM researcher Jan Jacob Keizer gives us some clues to get around this scourge.

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CESAM @ High-Level Event of Maritime Spatial Planning in Europe


Fátima Lopes Alves, researcher at CESAM, is a guest speaker at the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) to present the Portuguese experience of Integrated Management of Coastal and Marine Zones at the European Maritime Spatial Planning Conference - Addressing Land-Sea Interactions. The conference will aggregate experts from different Member States who will share the experiences of planning and governance of land-sea interface zones.

More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

Researchers from the DBIO / CESAM participate in another census of cetaceans in Europe


First results of the SCANS III census show decrease of Boto in the Peninsula.

Boto, a species of dolphin, was not observed in two thirds of the area sampled in the Iberian Peninsula under the SCANS-III cetacean census, coordinated and implemented (in the Peninsula area) by the Portuguese Society of Wildlife and ECOMARE - University Of Aveiro, which includes researchers from the DBIO / CESAM. The first results show a decrease in the Boto population in this area compared to data from previous studies.

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Investigadoras do DBIO/CESAM estudam níveis de mercúrio em parturientes


A study from University of Aveiro found high levels of mercury in women who have just given birth or in the placental tissues themselves. This unprecedented research, which focused for the first time in the country on the analysis of that toxic metal in the hair and blood of the parturients and in the respective placentas and umbilical cords, guarantees that there are women who present levels of mercury above the value recommended by the World Health Organization.

Published online in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, the study carried out under the master's program of Ana Catarina Alves, coordinated by Susana Loureiro and Marta Monteiro, both from DBIO/CESAM, focused on half a hundred parturients, from nine municipalities of the district of Aveiro, from which samples of hair, placenta and umbilical cord were collected.

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Government Project for the prevention of soil contamination supported by Susana Loureiro, researcher at DBIO / CESAM


Dyeing and paper companies will have to test soils from their facilities.

Contamination assessment will become mandatory, according to a decree-law that the Government is finalizing. This novelty is in the draft of a new regime for the prevention of soil contamination, which the Government is finalizing. In the most serious cases, operators will have to submit plans to correct the detected problems. It is the first time that Portugal will have a law of this type.

Susana Loureiro, Researcher at DBIO / CESAM and specialist in applied ecology, sees "with very good eyes" the proposal in which the Government is working. "Finally there will be a document of this type in Portugal", she emphasizes. In the preamble of the diploma, the Ministry of the Environment presents it as complementary to the determinations that already constitute the Basic Law of the Public Policy of Soils.

More details: https://www.publico.pt/2017/06/05/sociedade/noticia/empresas-de-tinturaria-couros-e-papel-vao-ter-que-testar-solos-das-suas-instalacoes-1773810

CESAM researchers support the European Commission in the implementation of the Maritime Spatial Planning Directive


From 29 to 31 May, the UA hosted the first international meeting of the SIMNORAT project - Supporting Implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning in the Northern European Atlantic, which aims to support the implementation by the Member States of the Maritime Spatial Planning Directive (2014/89/EU).
In Portugal, the University of Aveiro is the only institution that participates in the project. The members of the multidisciplinary team of CESAM are Fátima Lopes Alves (coordinator at UA), Filomena Martins, Carlos Costa, Adriano Quintela, Lisa Sousa, Márcia Marques and Margarida Ferreira da Silva.


Marine Ecosystems and Resources Seminar Series


The “Marine Ecosystems and Resources” thematic line (http://www.cesam.ua.pt/index.p.....bela=geral) is organising a Seminar Series addressing a broad range of themes related to the research developed by the Research Groups that integrate the line.

The next talk on the "Marine Ecosystems and Resources Seminar Series” of CESAM will be on 7 June (Wednesday).

The seminar "Phytoplankton, Photoperiods & (Ph)unctional Groups” by Dr. Douglas A. Campbell (Mount Allison University, Canada) will be held in the room 8.2.18 of the Biology Department on 7th of June, at 14.30h.