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whole r&d unit projects: with international funding
title Algae-to-MArket Lab IdeAs - Adding value to marine invasive seaweeds of the Iberian northwest (AMALIA)
start year/day
2017
end year/number of months 2019
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
E.U.
reference
EASME/EMFF/2016/1.2.1.4/03/SI2.750419 -
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
60625€
nature of research
Blue labs: innovative solutions for maritime challenges
MARE Coimbra coordinator
L.Pereira
institutions involved in the project MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal); Instituto Politécnico de Leiria (IPLeiria); Instituto de Ciencia e Inovação em Engenharia Mecânica e Engenharia Industrial (INEGI) (Portugal); Universidade de Vigo (UVIGO-CDM) (Spain); Associação para o Desenvolvimento de Peniche (ADEPE) (Portugal); Algaplus, Produção e Comercialização de algas e seus derivados Lda (ALGAplus) (Portugal); Biomin Holding GmbH (Biomin) (Austria); Quest Photonic Devices B.V. (Quest-innovation) (Netherlands)
leading institution Instituto Politécnico de Leiria (IPLeiria) (Portugal)
title SERMARE - Sensibilizar e Educar para uma Sociedade Azul / Sensibiliser et éduquer pour une Société Bleu
start year/day
2016
end year/number of months 2017
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
Fondation Auchan pour la Jeunesse_France
reference
JUMBO_1_016
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
14310€
nature of research
Science communication and environmental education
MARE Coimbra coordinator
Z.Teixeira
institutions involved in the project IMAR-Instituto do Mar (Portugal); MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal)
leading institution IMAR-Instituto do Mar (Portugal)
title Analytical field services
start year/day
2015
end year/number of months 2015
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
Dalhousie University, Canada
reference
Services rendered
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
1700€
nature of research
_
MARE Coimbra coordinator
L.V.Duarte
institutions involved in the project MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal)
leading institution MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal)
title Consultant activities in the scope of research projects' field trips
start year/day
2015
end year/number of months 2015
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
Statoil Gulf Services LLC
reference
Services rendered
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
4200€
nature of research
_
MARE Coimbra coordinator
L.V.Duarte
institutions involved in the project MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal)
leading institution MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal)
title Cost Effective Neural Technique for Alleviation of Urban Flood Risk - CENTAUR
start year/day
2015
end year/number of months 2018
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
E.U. (H2020)
reference
641931-2 (proposal number)
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
351848€
nature of research
This project aims to provide an innovative, cost effective, local autonomous sewer flow control system, to reduce urban flood risk and thus fits within the requirements of the priority thematic area of flood management identified by the EIP on Water.

CENTAUR will be developed and tested using computer models and a laboratory test facility, before pilot deployment for field testing and development.
MARE Coimbra coordinator
N. E. da Cruz Simões
institutions involved in the project The University of Sheffield, MARE-U.Coimbra, Environmental Monitoring Solutions Ltd., Veolia Environnement Recherche Et Innovation, Snc, Ac, Águas de Coimbra, E.M., Eidgenoessische Anstalt Fuer, Wasserversorgung Abwasserreinigung Und Gewaesserschutz, Steinhardt Wassertechnik
leading institution The University of Sheffield
title Sampling of rock samples to geological analysis
start year/day
2015
end year/number of months 2015
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
ConocoPhillips New VenturesLtd.
reference
Services rendered
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
2000€
nature of research
_
MARE Coimbra coordinator
L.V.Duarte
institutions involved in the project MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal)
leading institution MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal)
title Development of a database of market and non-market values of ecosystem services for R&D projects
start year/day
2014
end year/number of months 2015
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
VU - Amsterdam, NL
reference
Services rendered
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
2000€
nature of research
_
MARE Coimbra coordinator
R.Pinto
institutions involved in the project MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal)
leading institution MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal)
title EMOSEM - Ecosystem Models as a Support to Eutrophication Management in the North Atlantic
start year/day
2014
end year/number of months 2015
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
IRSNB (Belgium)
reference
Services rendered
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
16000€
nature of research
_
MARE Coimbra coordinator
J.C.Marques; A.C.Garcia
institutions involved in the project MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal), MARETEC (IST-UTL, Portugal)
leading institution MARETEC (IST-UTL, Portugal)
title DESAFIO— Democratisation of Water And Sanitation Governance Bymeans of Socio-Technical Innovation
start year/day
2013
end year/number of months 2015
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
EU
reference
FP7-SSH-2012-2
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
82143€
nature of research
The overarching objective of our proposal is assessing existing experiences and developing new strategies that bring about sustainable, appropriate, and innovative socio-technical solutions to foster economic and social development through social transformation in vulnerable communities, particularly with reference to access to safe water supply and sanitation in urban, peri-urban, and rural areas of South America, with a particular emphasis on Brazil.

These strategies will be developed through research and networking that actively engages beneficiary communities, practitioners, local authorities, and other relevant actors in their planning, design, assessment, implementation, monitoring, validation, and diffusion.

Our transdisciplinary approach is predicated on a close interaction with non-academic actors in the production and validation of knowledge, among other things to underpin policy and behavioural transformations. We have selected a number of case studies that will cover a range of situations and characteristics, from informal settlements in the urban periphery of world megacities (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and in peri-urban areas of provincial capitals (Cali, Colombia), favelas located in the heart of booming mid-range urban centres (Recife, Brazil), to small rural villages (Mondomo, Colombia) and communities in semi-arid areas (Ceará and Minas Gerais, Brazil and Santa Fe, Argentina).

We will endeavour to draw lessons and develop recommendations that are applicable to other socio-cultural and economic contexts across the developing world.
MARE Coimbra coordinator
M.C.Cunha
institutions involved in the project University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (Uk); MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal); Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brasil); Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (Brasil); Universidade Federal do Rio De Janeiro (Brasil); Companhia de Agua e Esgoto de Ceara Sem Cagece (Brasil); Universidad Nacional de Rosario – Unr (Argentina); Universidad Del Valle (Colombia)
leading institution University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (Uk)
title QWATER— Bioassay integration under the European Water Framework Directive: A steptowards an ecological approach
start year/day
2013
end year/number of months 2014
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
EU
reference
FP7-PEOPLE-2011 - IEF Marie Curie Action
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
157748€
nature of research
The Water Framework Directive (WFD) is the most important piece of water legislation in Europe for many years. It aims at ensuring the ‘good water status’ of EU water bodies and thus achieve both its good chemical and ecological status. To achieve and assess a ‘good ecological status’, the WFD advocates the integration of various disciplines. Its successful implementation raises new challenges, and demands that we make available a set of low-cost tools and techniques to deliver appropriate data.

The WFD accounts for chemical and ecological evaluation, but there are no requirements regarding the establishment of cause-effect relationships in the assessment of environmental quality. By incorporating bioassays to ascertain the cause-effect of a failing ecological status in a water body, a more sound approach may be included within the assessment.

This project (QWATER) aims to fill this gap, by gauging the ecological relevance of integrating short-term toxicity bioassays into quality elements in the WFD, as these may contribute to our ability to assess and manage European water bodies. To test the projects working hypothesis ‘that bioassays may contribute significantly to our ability to more comprehensively assess and manage water bodies in compliance with the WFD’, ecologically relevant in situ cost-effective toxicity bioassays will first be developed and validated with the aim of achieving a full battery of in situ assays using organisms representative of several key functions at the ecosystem level.

Then, modelling tools will be used to verify whether the integration of bioassays as ‘quality elements’ will (or will not) strengthen the robustness of the standard Ecological Quality Status approach to assess water quality.
MARE Coimbra coordinator
Monica Martinez-Haro
institutions involved in the project MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal)
leading institution MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal)
title Consulting services
start year/day
2012
end year/number of months 2013
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
Mohave Oil and Gas Corporation
reference
Services rendered
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
6000€
nature of research
_
MARE Coimbra coordinator
L.V.Duarte
institutions involved in the project MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal)
leading institution MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal)
title DEVOTES: DEVelopment Of innovative Tools for understanding marine biodiversity andassessing good Environmental Status
start year/day
2012
end year/number of months 2016
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
EU
reference
FP7-ENV-2012-two-stage
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
205910€
nature of research
The objectives are to:
(i) improve our understanding of human activities impacts (cumulative, synergistic, antagonistic) and variations due to climate change on marine biodiversity, using long-term series (pelagic and benthic). This objective will identify the barriers and bottlenecks (socio-economic and legislative) that prevent the GES being achieved;

(ii) test the indicators proposed by the EC, and develop new ones for assessment at species, habitats and ecosystems level, for the status classification of marine waters, integrating the indicators into a unified assessment of the biodiversity and the cost-effective implementation of the indicators (i.e. by defining monitoring and assessment strategies). This objective will allow for the adaptive management including (a) strategies & measures, (b) the role of industry and relevant stakeholders (including non-EU countries), and (c) provide an economic assessment of the consequences of the management practices proposed. It will build on the extensive work carried out by the Regional Seas Conventions (RSC) and Water Framework Directive, in which most of the partners have been involved.

(iii) develop/test/validate innovative integrative modelling tools to further strengthen our understanding of ecosystem and biodiversity changes (space & time); such tools can be used by statutory bodies, SMEs and marine research institutes to monitor biodiversity, applying both empirical and automatic data acquisition. This objective will demonstrate the utility of innovative monitoring systems capable of efficiently providing data on a range of parameters (including those from non-EU countries), used as indicators of GES, and for the integration of the information into a unique assessment.
MARE Coimbra coordinator
J.C.Marques
institutions involved in the project MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal); NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING (NORWAY); SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS (FINLAND); AARHUS UNIVERSITET (DENMARK); UNIVERSITY OF HULL (UK); CEFAS (UK); PLYMOUTH MARINE LABORATORY (UK); IO-BAS (BULGARIA); JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION (BELGIUM); HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH (GREECE); KLAIPEDOS UNIVERSITETAS (LITHUANIA); AKVAPLAN-NIVA AS (NORWAY); CONISMA (ITALY); NIOZ (THE NETHERLANDS); CSIC (SPAIN); DOKUZ EYLUL UNIVERSITESI (TURKEY); MHI-NASU (UKRAINE); MARILIM (GERMANY); CNRS (FRANCE); OceanDTM (UK); ECOREACH SRL (ITALY); KAUST (SAUDI ARABIA)
leading institution TECNALIA-AZTI (Spain)
title Experimental and analytical services related to a joint, transnational experiment
start year/day
2012
end year/number of months 2013
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
ECOLAB, France
reference
BIOHEFECT EC2CO 2012
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
3000€
nature of research
_
MARE Coimbra coordinator
C.Canhoto
institutions involved in the project MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal)
leading institution MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal)
title ECOFINDERS (Ecological Function and Biodiversity Indicators in European Soils) (eusoils.jrc.ec.europa.eu/projects/ecofinders/)
start year/day
2011
end year/number of months 2014
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
EU
reference
FP7-ENV-2010-2.1.4.4
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
244000€
nature of research
The EcoFINDERS (Ecological Function and Biodiversity Indicators in European Soils) project will result in:
1- at the scientific level, increasing our knowledge of soil biodiversity and its role in ecosystem services across different soils, climate types and land uses
2- at the technological level, the standardization of methods and operating procedures for characterizing soil biodiversity and functioning, and the development of bioindicators
3- at the economic level, the assessment of the added value brought by cost-effective bioindicators, and of cost effectiveness of alternative ecosystem service maintenance policies.

The soil biodiversity studied includes microbes (archaea, bacteria, fungi) and fauna (protozoa, microarthropods, nematodes, oligochaeta), and their relation with above-ground biodiversity.

The corresponding research combines three approaches:
a) description of soil biodiversity and of the relations between soil biodiversity, soil functions and ecosystem services, in long term observatories representative of soil types, climates and land uses across Europe,
b) description of soil biodiversity and of the relations between soil biodiversity, soil functions and ecosystem services, in long term observatories representative of soil types, climates and land uses across Europe,
c) metadata analyses to raise a biodiversity database at the European level, and modeling to decipher relations between soil biodiversity and functions, as well as putting a value on ecosystem services.

This European project, coordinated by INRA, gathers together 23 partners from 10 European countries plus China, to harness expertise in ecology, biodiversity, environmental economy, modeling, bioinformatics and database management.
MARE Coimbra coordinator
J.P.Sousa
institutions involved in the project http://ecofinders.dmu.dk/participants/
leading institution INRA (France)
title EAMNet: Europe-Africa Marine EO Network (www.eamnet.eu/cms/)
start year/day
2010
end year/number of months 2012
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
EU
reference
_
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
31200€
nature of research
EAMNet aims to construct a network linking Earth Observation (EO) information providers, user networks and centres of excellence in Europe and Africa in the area of coastal and marine observations towards sustainable development in Africa.

The network will undertake capacity building and maintenance and build upon existing infrastructure and expertise in Africa. The overall aim is to improve the exploitation of EO data for coastal and oceanic monitoring towards an Africa-wide observation system (GOOS-Africa).

It will provide an interface between European GMES-related core and downstream services and R&D projects (notably MyOcean) and African initiatives (e.g. AMESD) with the emerging GMES-Africa initiative. It will also provide further links with GEO.

EAMNet is coordinated by Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) with 9 other partners in Africa and Europe.
MARE Coimbra coordinator
J.G.Ferreira
institutions involved in the project https://www.eamnet.eu/cms/?q=node/6
leading institution PML (UK)
title ESAWADI: Utilizing the Ecosystem Services Approach for Water Framework Directive Implementation (http://www.esawadi.eu/)
start year/day
2010
end year/number of months 2012
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
through FCT
reference
ERA-IWRM/0001/2009
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
47400€
nature of research
The ESAWADI project aims to analyze and provide advice on the potential usefulness of the ecosystem services approach (ESA) in view to support the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive (WFD)
MARE Coimbra coordinator
M.C.Cunha, J.C.Marques
institutions involved in the project MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal), Asconit Consultants (France), CREDOC (France), seeconsult (Germany), Intersus (Germany)
leading institution http://www.esawadi.eu/partners/
title Ecotoxicological characterisation of water and sediments of Segre river (Spain)
start year/day
2009
end year/number of months 2012
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
DMACS, ETSEA, U. Lleida, Spain
reference
Services rendered
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
4480€
nature of research
_
MARE Coimbra coordinator
R.G.G.Ribeiro
institutions involved in the project MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal)
leading institution MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal)
title Interaction in coastal waters: A roadmap to sustainable integration of aquaculture and fisheries - COEXIST (www.aquatt.ie/index.php/227/coexist/)
start year/day
2009
end year/number of months 2011
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
EU
reference
FP7-KBBE-2009-3
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
281222€
nature of research
The main objective of Coexist is to provide a roadmap to better integration, sustainability and synergies across the diverse activities now taking place in the European coastal zone.

Deliverables/Expected Outcomes: 1. Characterisation of relevant European coastal marine ecosystems, their current utilisation and spatial management. 2. Evaluation of spatial management tools for combining coastal fisheries, aquaculture and other uses, both now and in the future
MARE Coimbra coordinator
J.G.Ferreira
institutions involved in the project http://www.coexistproject.eu/coexist-project/coexist-consortium#!/catid=1
leading institution Institute of Marine Research (Norway)
title Remediation processes in uranium and other mining explorations
start year/day
2009
end year/number of months 2011
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
NATO/OTAN-SfP-Uranium
reference
SfP983311
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
13000€
nature of research
"Remediation Processes in Uranium and other Mining Explorations" started in April 2009.

Investigators from Portugal, Tunisia and Morocco have teamed together to isolate metal resistant bacteria that contain active genetic elements capable of breaking down the toxic salts, heavy metals and radioactive elements to less toxic molecules.

The overall goal is to enlarge the population of plants that can live on polluted soil and transfer them to local authorities and mine owners for reforestation and remediation of the polluted soils in the participating countries.
MARE Coimbra coordinator
J.P.Sousa
institutions involved in the project MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal), U.Aveiro (Portugal), Laboratory Water, Energy and Environment, Sfax (Tunisia), University of Sultan Moulay Slimane, Faculty of Science and Techniques, Beni-Mellal (Morroco), ECT Oekotoxikologie GmbH, Flörsheim (Germany)
leading institution U.Aveiro (Portugal)
title WISER: Water Bodies in Europe. Integrative systems to assess ecological status and recovery
start year/day
2009
end year/number of months 2012
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
EU
reference
FP7-ENV-2008-1
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
210975€
nature of research
The WISER consortium combines the European expertise in biological assessment, intercalibration, uncertainty estimation, modelling and restoration of freshwater and coastal marine ecosystems.
MARE Coimbra coordinator
J.C.Marques
institutions involved in the project http://www.wiser.eu/who-we-are/
leading institution University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany)
title Development of a biogeographical data base and of a draft european map (EU-27) based on Lumbricidae, Collembola, Isopoda and Enchytraeidae biogeographical and taxonomic literature
start year/day
2008
end year/number of months 2009
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
European Food Safety Authority- EFSA
reference
NP_EFSA_PPR_2008_01
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
5000€
nature of research
A modelling approach for defining soil ecoregions within Europe was developed to improve the realism of exposure scenarios for plant protection products.

Biological traits information on four soil animal groups (earthworms, enchytraeids, collembolans and isopods) was used to assign each species to different life forms, representing depth horizons in which they occur.

Based on information from three countries covering a North-South gradient (Finland, Germany, Portugal), species presence-absence data were modelled using soil, climate and land-use information.

Ecoregion maps (regions with similar dominant life-form classes) were produced for earthworms and enchytraeids and revealed marked differences between the three countries and, in the case of Portugal, also within the country (showing a gradient of Mediterraneity).

The information on the spatial distribution of the dominance classes could be transformed into depth profiles for any ecotoxicologically relevant concentration to be modelled. This procedure allows defining realistic "worst" case exposure depth profiles for risk assessment.

For most of the situations in Europe, the worst case soil depth profile for short term risk assessment would be litter (if present) or 0 to 1 cm depth instead of the currently used 0 to 5 cm depth. For long term scale and/or life forms other soil depths should be considered.

This approach would imply a refinement of the environmental risk assessment of plant protection products which needs to be discussed with risk managers. The approach could be extended to the entire EU territory, provided more biogeographical data are available.

KEY WORDS: soil, exposure in soil, soil organisms, invertebrates, environmental risk assessment, pesticides, plant protection products.
MARE Coimbra coordinator
J.P.Sousa
institutions involved in the project _
leading institution _
title Microtox tests
start year/day
2008
end year/number of months 2009
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
CREAF - Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Ap
reference
Services rendered
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
15000€
nature of research
_
MARE Coimbra coordinator
J.P.Sousa, R.Ribeiro
institutions involved in the project MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal)
leading institution MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal)
title Viability study for biosaline applications Cape Verde
start year/day
2006
end year/number of months 2007
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
ODE-Netherlands
reference
Services rendered
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
10500€
nature of research
_
MARE Coimbra coordinator
L.Vasconcelos
institutions involved in the project MARE UC [previously IMAR CMA (UC)](Portugal)
leading institution MARE UC [previously IMAR CMA (UC)](Portugal)
title WADI: Sustainable management of Mediterranean coastal fresh and transitional water bodies: a socioeconomic and environmental analysis of changes and trends to enhance and sustain stakeholders benefits
start year/day
2006
end year/number of months 2008
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
EU
reference
Proposal/Contract nº 015226
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
145920€
nature of research
http://www.wadi.unifi.it
MARE Coimbra coordinator
J.C.Marques
institutions involved in the project http://www.wadi.unifi.it/partners_list.htm
leading institution U.Florence (Italy)
title To investigate sustainable biological carrying capacities of key European costal zones (KEYZONES)
start year/day
2005
end year/number of months 2007
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
EU
reference
Contract (Framework 6) COOP _ CT-2004 -5
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
109266€
nature of research
This project deals with the characterisation of the carrying capacity of key European coastal zones for commercial production of bivalve shellfish.

The research is designed to produce powerful tools which would enable shellfish producers in the targeted areas to optimise production capacity, recruitment of young stock, and quality whilst reducing waste.

The work will also increase the scope and credibility of generic, ecosystem models - with a consequent application to the wider industry and other stakeholders in coastal zones.

The outcomes are designed to fit with integrated coastal zone management schemes throughout Europe.
MARE Coimbra coordinator
J.G.Ferreira
institutions involved in the project MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal), ACORN (UK), PO Mossel & PO Oester (NL), WL Delft Hydraulics (NL), La Tene Maps (Ireland), Plymouth Marine Lab (UK), Wageningen IMARES (NL), The Caledonian Oyster Company (UK), The Association of Scottish Shellfish Gr
leading institution MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal)
title Ecosystem Approach for Sustainable Aquaculture (ECASA)
start year/day
2004
end year/number of months 2007
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
EU
reference
Contract nº 006540 (SSP) STREP 00654
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
138000€
nature of research
ECASA An Ecosystem Approach to Sustainable Aquaculture - is an EU funded Framework 6 RTD project with 16 research partners from 13 member states.

It is the sucessor to several 4th and 5th Framework Programme projects which have helped to push forward our unsterstanding of the effects of aquaculture on the environment especially in the Mediterranean.

ECASA undertook a fieldwork programme involving sites ranging from the Atlantic waters of Norway and Scotland, the Baltic and the Mediterranean. ECASA included both fin and shell fish marine aquaculture and has actively sought stakeholder participation from the outset http://www.ecasa.org.uk/
MARE Coimbra coordinator
J.G.Ferreira
institutions involved in the project http://www.ecasa.org.uk/
leading institution Scottish Association for Marine Science (UK)
title Sustainable Mariculture in northern Irish lough ecosystems
start year/day
2004
end year/number of months 2007
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
Queens University Belfast, UK
reference
Services rendered
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
116400€
nature of research
_
MARE Coimbra coordinator
J.G.Ferreira
institutions involved in the project MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal), Queens University Belfast, UK
leading institution Queens University Belfast, UK
title Sustainable options for PEople, catchment and Aquatic Resources (SPEAR)
start year/day
2004
end year/number of months 2007
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
EU
reference
INCO-CT-2004-510706
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
217060€
nature of research
SPEAR aims to develop and test an integrated framework for interpreting coastal zone structure and dynamics, in areas where communities primarily depend on marine resources.

This framework accounts for watershed interactions, ecological structure and human activities. Our interdisciplinary approach combines natural and social sciences, and addresses the complex scaling issues inherent in integrated management.

Two contrasting systems in China will be studied: Sanggou Bay, part of a rural watershed, and Huangdun Bay, located in an industrialized area south of Shanghai. In both systems, large-scale cultivation of seaweeds, shellfish and finfish are of paramount importance for community income and livelihood.
MARE Coimbra coordinator
J.G.Ferreira
institutions involved in the project MARE UC [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal), PML (UK), U Stirling (UK), U Gothenburg (Sweden), Deltares (Netherlands), First Institute of Oceanography (China), Third Institute of Oceanography (China), Ningbo University (China), CSIR (South Africa), CAFS (China)
leading institution MARE UC [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal)
title Evaluation and improvement of water quality models for application to temporary waters in Southern European catchments - TEMPQSIM
start year/day
2002
end year/number of months 2006
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
EU
reference
EVK1-CT-2002-00112
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
35000€
nature of research
_
MARE Coimbra coordinator
A.Bettencourt
institutions involved in the project http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/64772_en.html
leading institution UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER (Germany)
title MEDCORE: From river catchment areas to the sea: a comparative and integrated approach to the ecology of Mediterranean coastal zones for sustainable management
start year/day
2002
end year/number of months 2005
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
EU
reference
ICA3-CT-2002-10003
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
140160€
nature of research
The project aims at:
a) definition of guidelines and ecological criteria for preservation of environmental quality through the identification of functional links between elements of coastal ecosystems and influencing zones in the Mediterranean;
b) development of early warning indicators of degradation and long-term indicators of sustainability of coastal ecosystems;
c) preparation of a manual regarding the application of ecological indicators of coastal quality, to be used by environmental managers and decision-makers.
MARE Coimbra coordinator
J.C.Marques
institutions involved in the project http://www.medcore.unifi.it/partner_list_medcore.htm
leading institution University of Florence (Italy)
title Research into and modelling of the impacts of river catchment developments on the sustainability of coastal resources, which support urban and rural economies: the case of Maputo Bay - Incomati River (CATCHMENT2COAST)
start year/day
2002
end year/number of months 2005
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
EU
reference
ICA4-CT-2002-10059
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
114000€
nature of research
This study takes an interdisciplinary systems approach to understand the linkages between river catchments and their associated coastal environments. It uses linked dynamic numerical models as tools to translate the impacts of human development in the rivers basins into resources cost based consequences to rural and urban economies in the coastal domain. At the core of this research proposal is the hypothesis that human activity in the Incomati catchment is impacting on the shrimp industry in Maputo Bay. The tools and capabilities produced from this R&D project will support the internalisation of delayed costs of upstream developments on the delivery of goods and services from coastal ecosystems
MARE Coimbra coordinator
J.G.Ferreira
institutions involved in the project MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal), CSIR (SAfrica), U. Cape Town (SAfrica), U. Wales, Bangor (UK), U. Swaziland (Swaziland), FISHERIES RESEARCH INSTITUTE (Mozambique), UN. EDUARDO MONDLANE (Mozambique), U. Natal (S Africa)
leading institution WL/DELFT HYDRAULICS (The Netherlands)
title RIVFUNCTION: Integrating Ecosystem Function into River Quality Assessment and Management
start year/day
2002
end year/number of months 2005
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
EU
reference
EVK1 -CT-2001-00088
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
169200€
nature of research
http://www.ecolab.ups-tlse.fr/rivfunction/
MARE Coimbra coordinator
M.A.S.Graça
institutions involved in the project MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal), CNRS (France), Umea Univ. (Sweden), Manchester Metropolitan Univ. (UK), U. College Cork (Ireland), I. Nature Conservation (Poland), EAWAG/ETH (Switzerland), U. Bucharest (Romania), U. the Basque Country (Spain)...
leading institution CNRS (France)
title VISTA Vulnerability of ecosystems services to land use change intraditional agricultural
start year/day
2002
end year/number of months 2005
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
EU
reference
EVK2-2002-00168
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
5000€
nature of research
VISTA aims to compile an integrated assessment of the vulnerability of European traditional agro pastoral landscapes to land use change (LUC) that will assist land managers and policy makers in their sustainable development strategies.

VISTA will use Plant Functional Traits (PFT) to predict the dynamics of and the services provided by these landscapes.

We will:
1- Analyse published and newly collected data to identify relationships and mechanisms linking Pets, response to LUC, and effects on ecosystem functioning;
2- Design, test and disseminate trait-based indicators of changes in ecosystem services in response to LUC;
3- Based on new scenarios integrating ecological, socio-cultural and economic data, generate LUC projections to assess, in concentration with stakeholders, the vulnerability of ecosystem services within and across regions.
MARE Coimbra coordinator
J.P.Sousa
institutions involved in the project MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal), Macaulay Land Use Research Institute (MLURI), Aberdeen, (UK), Department of Geography, Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), Landscape Ecology Working Group, Carl Von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (UOL) (Germany), Equipe Orphée, Unité d’Agronomie, Institut de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), Castanet-Tolosan (France), Laboratory of Rangeland Ecology, Aristotle University (AUTH), Thessaloniki (Greece), Department of Botany, Stockholm University (SU) (Sweden), Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Trondheim (Norway), University of South Bohemia (USB), Ceske Budejovice (Czech Republic), Institute of Plant Sciences and Genetics, Faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJ) (Israel), LPN (League for the Protection of Nature, LPN) (Portugal), Laboratoire de Biologie des Populations d'Altitude, Université Joseph Fourier (UJJF), Grenoble (France)
leading institution Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (CEFE), Centre National de a Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Montpellier, France
title COBRA: The conservation of a vital european scientific and biotechnological resource
start year/day
2001
end year/number of months 2004
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
EU
reference
QLRI-CT-2001-01645
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
196800€
nature of research
COBRA involves the development of a unique European biological resource centre based on existing algal/cyanobacterial collections.

This will, for the first time, utilise cryo-preservation as a standard technique to ensure genetic stability of conserved strains, thus providing the biotechnology community with the organisms they require and guaranteeing their long-term availability and stability.

It will form the essential and underpinning foundation of a European algal biotechnology sector. The project will result in novel, effective preservation protocols capable of preserving currently "preservation recalcitrant" strains and also a series of strain stability test protocols to ensure equivalent strains of micro-organisms supplied by European Collections will give high quality and consistent performance.
MARE Coimbra coordinator
L.M.A.S.Santos
institutions involved in the project MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal), U. Abertay Dundee (UK), U. Göttingen (D), I.Soil Biology (Cz), I.Botany CAS (Cz), I.Pasteur, Paris (Fr), AQUAARTIS (Fr)
leading institution NERC (UK)
title Flume facility co-operation Network for Biological Benthic Boundary Layer Research (BIOFLOW). Part I, Key Action 3: ‘Sustainable Marine Ecosystems’.
start year/day
2001
end year/number of months 2005
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
EU
reference
EVR1-2001-00021
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
9960€
nature of research
BioFlow is a European network project with the aim to improve the knowledge about the direct interactions between benthic organisms and the hydrodynamic regime. Flume tanks provide the means of investigating these processes experimentally and provide the necessary data required for developing predictive models of transport of sediment particles, nutrients, pollutants and small organisms such as algae and invertebrate larvae. The network will be especially valuable in providing access to the right type of flume facility for specific research questions as well as in integrating and interpreting data and incorporating these in models. BioFlow will further organise a series of workshop, and will offer opportunities for exchange of young scientists among participating laboratories.
MARE Coimbra coordinator
P Sobral
institutions involved in the project _
leading institution _
title Oceanographic applications to eutrophication in regions of restricted exchange - OAERRE
start year/day
2000
end year/number of months 2003
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
EU
reference
EVK3-CT-1999-00002
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
177600€
nature of research
OAERRE aims to understand the physical, biogeochemical and biological processes, and their interactions, involved in eutrophication in coastal marine Regions of Restricted Exchange(RREs), especially lagoons and fjords.

The scientific issues addressed include the controls on horizontal and vertical exchange in RREs and the response of coastal ecosystems to nutrient enrichment. Studies of that help to define safe loadings of an RRE with nutrients are relevant to the EC Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive and similar directives, soon to be consolidated in a Water Framework Directive.

They are also relevant to aqua cultural aspects of the Common Fisheries Policy. OAERRE relates to key action 3 (Sustainable Marine Ecosystems) of Framework V, especially to the themes concerned with: better assessment of naturally occurring mechanisms of ecosystem functioning; transport pathways and impacts of pollutants and key elements in the marine environment; reducing the effects of anthropogenic activities on the marine environment and recovering degraded marine systems; and integrated studies of land-ocean interaction.

The project will contribute to the aims of ELOISE, including the objective-foci concerned with interactions between pollution, eutrophication, and physical disturbance and development of mathematical models aimed at prediction and upscaling.
MARE Coimbra coordinator
J.G.Ferreira
institutions involved in the project MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal), SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION FOR MARINE SCIENCE (UK), SWEDISH METEOROLOGICAL AND HYDROLOGICAL INSTITUTE (Sweden), GOETEBORG UNIVERSITY (Sweden), CNRS (France), UNIVERSITY OF WALES - BANGOR (UK), NORWEGIAN POLAR INSTITUTE OF THE MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT (Norway), UNIVERSITE DE LA MEDITERRANEE D'AIX-MARSEILLE II (France), STOCKHOLM UNIVERSITET (Sweden), IPIMAR (Portugal), SAGREMARISCO (Portugal), ROYAL BELGIAN INSTITUTE FOR NATURAL SCIENCES (Belgique)
leading institution NAPIER UNIVERSITY (UK)
title Community complexity and decomposition process in aquatic systems: an ecosystem approach to manage biodiversity
start year/day
1998
end year/number of months 2001
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
EU
reference
ENV4-CT97-0584
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
95850€
nature of research
The project addresses the integration of process-oriented and population-community approaches to asses the role of biodiversity in detritus processing based ecosystems.

The main purpose is to establish a scientific basic procedure for the biodiversity and habitat management in inland aquatic ecosystems.
MARE Coimbra coordinator
M.A.S.Graça
institutions involved in the project MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal), CNRS (France), U. Umeaa (Sweden), Kristianstad Univ. (Sweden), Nat Univ Ireland (Ireland), Manchester Met. Univ (UK), Forestry Comission Research Agency (UK), EAWAG (Switzerland), Univ. Basque Country (Spain), DRAOTC (Portugal), Univ Paul Sabatier (France), I. Freshwater Biology (Poland), Univ Bucharest (Romania)
leading institution CRNS (France)
title MECO: Bases for the integrated management of the Mediterranean sensitive coastal ecosystems
start year/day
1998
end year/number of months 2001
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
EU
reference
IC18/CT98/0270
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
108000€
nature of research
Ecological survey, including list of species and communities structure, and socio-economic characterisation of coastal ecosystems in North African (Morocco, Tunisia, and Malta) Mediterranean coastal zones, with emphasis on coastal lagoons, sandy shores, and associated areas. Development of a best possible management strategy aiming the sustainable development of these areas, in cooperation with local authorities, harmonizing its occupation and use for human activities with environmental protection policies
MARE Coimbra coordinator
J.C.Marques
institutions involved in the project MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal), Department of Animal Biology and Genetics from the University of Florence (Italy), “Agence de Protection et Amenagement du Littoral” (APAL) (Tunisia), “Institut Scientifique Charia Ibn Battota”, Rabat (Morocco), International Environment Institute (IEI) , Valleta (Malta), Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS), University of Birmingham (U. K.), “Faculté de Sciences”, University of Tunis (Tunisia), School of Biological Sciences, University of Birmingham (U. K.)
leading institution U. Florence (Italy)
title Allochtonous organic matter as a resource for stream communities, comparisons among different geographical areas
start year/day
1995
end year/number of months 1998
origin of funds
international funding
funding institution
EU
reference
MAS 2 CT94-0100
atributed to
MARE Coimbra (€)
54000€
nature of research
_
MARE Coimbra coordinator
M.A.S.Graça
institutions involved in the project MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal), U.Kiel (Germany), U.Central de Venezuela (Venezuela)
leading institution MARE (UC) [previously IMAR CMA (UC)] (Portugal)