Forging sustainability

Nuno Alexandre Firmino Vaz

Nuno Alexandre Firmino Vaz

Assistant Professor

  • Researcher ID: F-5552-2010
  • ORCID: 0000-0002-8484-6948
  • Ciencia ID: 091E-043B-FF3D
  • Department: CESAM / Physics Dep.
  • Research Group: Physical Oceanography & Marine Geology (POMG)
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: AU = (Vaz N) and AD = (Aveiro)

Research interests

Physical Oceanography

Estuaries and coastal waters

Atmosphere-Ocean interaction

Numerical modelling of circulation and biogeochemistry of esturine-coastal continuums

Numerical Modelling, satellite imagery and data analysis

Statistical methods and variability analysis

Academic degrees

[2007] PhD in Physics (Physical Oceanography). “Study of heat and salt transport processes in the Espinheiro Channel (Ria de Aveiro)”, University of Aveiro.

[2001] Degree in Physics (Meteorology and Oceanography). Final Report: "Determination of ocean currents using an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP)". (Five year degree).

Scientific activities

[June 2020 - ...] Assistant Professor at the Physics Department of the University of Aveiro.

[January 2019 - May 2020] Researcher in Marine Science (Physical Oceanography)(hired under the DL57)

[January 2016 – December 2018] Post-doctoral fellow at the Physics Department and Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM). Evolution of large coastal plain estuaries through remote sensing and biophysical modelling research: the impact of global change (SFRH/BPD/110615/2015).

[April 2015 – December 2015] Post-Doctoral fellow at Physics Department and Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) hired under the Project Evolução e Dinâmica Costeira a Estuarina da Ria de Aveiro (BPD-FIS-3/DF/FEV15 (3224/2015)).

[January 2015 – March 2015] Post-doctoral research fellow at Physics Department and Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) hired under the Project Estudo da Dinâmica Sedimentar na Embocadura da Barra da Figueira da Foz (BPD-FIS-27/OUT14 (25759/2014).

[July 2014 – December 2014] Researcher at Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) hired under Pest-C/MAR/LA0017/2013 (BPD/UI88/2630/2014).

[July 2009 – June 2014] Assistant Researcher at Center for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM, University of Aveiro) (Ciência 2008 program).

[March 2008 - June 2009] Postdoctoral research associate at MARETEC, Dep. of Mechanical Engineering, Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon (SFRH/BPD/37325/2007).

[March 2007 - February 2008] Postdoctoral research associate at Center for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM, University of Aveiro), project EMERA – Morphodynamic Study of the Ria de Aveiro Inlet (POCI/ECM/59958/2004).

[March 2003 - February 2007] Graduate student in Physics (Physical Oceanography, BD/REITORIA/2630/2003).

[November 2001 - March 2003] Undergraduate fellow at University of Aveiro, PROTEU – Advanced Technologies for Estuarine and Coastal Monitoring (PDCTM/P/MAR/15275/1999).

[October 2000 - March 2001] Internship at the Instituto de Investigação das Pescas e do Mar (IPIMAR).


Member of the Organizing and Scientific Committees of the national conference Jornadas da Ria de Aveiro 2011, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal (

Reviewer of International Journals:
Marine Geodesy, Regional Studies in Marine Science, International Journal of Sediment Research, Science of the Total Environment, Water, Remote Sensing of Environment, Ecological Engineering, Plos One, Biogeosciences, Continental Shelf Research, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, Journal of Marine Systems, Climate Research, ICES Journal of Marine Science, Ocean Dynamics



BESIDE - Institutional, BEhavioural, critical and adaptive economics towards SustaInable Development, management of natural capital and circular Economy See more

EMERGE - Evaluation, control and Mitigation of the EnviRonmental impacts of shippinG Emissions See more

RaMP - Rapid-response to Marine Pollution See more

SisMAR - Maritime Safety Support System See more

ReMoliço - Reabilitação de zonas contaminadas da Ria de Aveiro através da recolonização com moliço See more

RemediGrass - Seagrass beds as green and blue infrastructures for ecosystem restoration See more

ASHMOB - Wildfire ASH MOBilization by wind and water erosion: a combined measurementmodeling approach for prediction of post-fire ash mobilization risk See more

AGREST – AGRiculture at ESTarreja region: a satellite screening over the past four decades See more

AquiMap - Identification and evaluation of estuarine and lagoon zones with aquaculture potential: mapping and biophysical modeling See more

BioChangeR: Biogeochemical Processes induced by Climate and Anthropogenic Circulation Changes - The Case Study of Ria de Aveiro (Portugal) See more

SPRES - Oil Spill Prevention and Response at Local Scales See more

LTER-RAVE - Long term monitoring in the Ria de Aveiro: towards a deeper understanding of ecological, environmental and economic processes See more

PAC:MAN - Pollution accidents in coastal areas: a Risk management system See more

DyEPlume - Estuarine Dynamics and Plume Propagation in the Portuguese Coast – Impacts of Climate Change See more

ECOSAM - Effects of Carbon Dioxide increase on Salt Marshes See more

GALINCLIMARCH - Galicia Internal Basin Paleoclimatic Sedimentary Archives: Transport, Provenances, Hydrology and Reliability See more

Scientific Supervision

Master (Co-supervisor): Tiago João da Cunha e Sá (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): João G. Rodrigues (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Catarina Vargas (ex-CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Renato Mendes (CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Magda Catarina Ferreira de Sousa (CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Mónica Rosa (not a CESAM member)

Research fellow with PhD (Main Supervisor): Sandra Plecha (ex-CESAM member)

Research fellow (Main Supervisor): Leandro Alves Vaz (CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Renato Mendes (CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Magda Catarina Ferreira de Sousa (CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Ana Teresa dos Santos Picado (CESAM member)

NMEC - Estuarine and Coastal Modeling Division

The Estuarine and Coastal Modeling Division of University of Aveiro is composed by professors, researchers and fellow researchers of the Physics Department of the University of Aveiro. This group is integrated in the Research Group on Oceanography and Marine Geology of the research line on Marine Ecosystems and Modelling of the Associate Laboratory CESAM (Centre for Environment and Marine Studies) which is a Associate Laboratory of the University of Aveiro.

Ongoing research is especially dedicated to studies about sea level rising, coastal flooding, development of estuarine plumes, mixing processes and transport, physical/biology/chemistry interactions, with particular emphasis on the climate change effects.

Other research projects (previous to 2009)

[April 2007-December 2009] AMDRAPHYD – Advanced Monitoring and Diagnostics of Ria de Aveiro Physica Dynamics (POCTI/AMB/57928/2004) (University of Aveiro) (Hydrodynamic modeler, team member).

[April 2007-March 2008] EMERA – Morphodynamic Study of Ria de Aveiro Inlet (POCI/ECM/59958/2004) (University of Aveiro) ) (Hydro and morphodynamic modeler, team member).

[November 2001-March 2003] PROTEU – Advanced Monitoring Technologies for Estuarine and Coastal Systems) (PDCTM/P/MAR/15275/1999) (University of Aveiro) (Hydrodynamic modeler, team member).

CESAM Funding: