Assessing and mitigating global changes and risks - CIMA

Submitted by Sara_Raposo-CIMA on Mon, 09/18/2023 - 12:48
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The Centre for Marine and Environmental Research (CIMA) is a R&D unit of excellence from the Portuguese national higher education system, through the University of Algarve (UAlg).

Supported by its relevance in the two main scientific research areas of Ocean and Coastal Dynamics and Environmental Systems and Resources, CIMA integrates the nationwide multi-institutional Aquatic Research Network Associate Laboratory (ARNET) and S2AQUA CoLAB. Together, these two national networks involve close to 800 researchers working within 27 different institutions from state laboratory to private companies, including higher education and public regional institutions.

CIMA and the University of Algarve integrate the INTERNATIONAL CAMPUS OF EXCELLENCE IN MARINE SCIENCE CEI·MAR, with some of the most important Marrocco and Spanish universities and institutions in the area of the marine research.

The multidisciplinary and excellence of CIMA also contribute to its integration in international research and expert networks such as  the European Space Agency, the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling, the Future Earth ocean Knowledge Action, and the United Nation through the World Ocean Assessment.

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Ana Rita Carrasco / Sara Raposo
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Sara Raposo (BSc Biological Engineering, MSc, PhD Biotechnological Sciences, 2004) is Assistant Professor at Faculty of Sciences and Technology of Algarve University, lecturing in BSc and MSc Biotechnology and Marine and Coastal Management, subjects related with Bioreactor Technology and Blue Biotechnology. Since March 2023 is the Director of the CIMA  and Coordinates the Engineering and Environmental Biotechnology Laboratory.
Her research field is in the area of Biotechnology and Blue Energy, in microalgae biorefinery, with the valorisation of biological resources and production technologies, using sustainable bioprocesses in a circular economy and the development of bioprocessing systems, for wastewater treatment, to reduce resources demand and generation of effluents, waste and emissions.
Her research work has resulted in more than 80 scientific publications (peer-reviewed SCI-indexed journals, international conference papers, proceedings of international conferences and 2 registered patents). She supervised 28 master's dissertations and co-supervised 5 and 2 PhD on going. She supervised 10 works concluding a bachelor's / bachelor's course. Received 1 prize for the best article. In her professional activities, she interacted with 115 collaborators in co-authoring scientific works.  

2nd & 3rd Generation Biofuels; Bioreactor Engineering; Biorefinery; Microalgae Biotechnology; Valorization of Agro- industrial Wastes; Wastewater Treatment

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Ana Rita Carrasco
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Promoting research applied to the environment and the exploitation of resources, aiming to increase the well-being and sustainability of our society in the context of a changing world. 


Assessing and mitigating global changes and risks

Assess the impact of climate change, sea level rise and coastal erosion to propose mitigation measures

Assess the impact of marine pollution (from the coast to the deep sea) and propose measures for its mitigation

Monitoring and evaluation of water quality, both freshwater and saltwater


Representative publications

Kombiadou, K., Matias, A., Carrasco, R., Ferreira, Ó., & Costas, S. (2018). Towards Assessing the Resilience of Complex Coastal Systems : Examples from Ria Formosa ( South Portugal ). International Coastal Symposium (ICS) 2018, (85), 1–5.
Kombiadou, K., Costas, S., Carrasco, A.R., Plomaritis, T.A., Ferreira, Ó., Matias, A. (2019a). Bridging the gap between resilience and geomorphology of complex coastal systems. Earth- Science Reviews: 198, 102934.
Gonçalves, J.M., Rocha, T., Mestre, N.C., Fonseca, T.G., Bebianno, M.J. (2020). Assessing cadmium-based quantum dots effect on the gonads of the marine mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis. Marine Environmental Research 104904.
Abalansa, S., Mahrad, B, Icely, J. & Newton, A. (2021). Eletronic Waste, an Environmental Problem Exported to Developing Countries: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Sustainability, 13(9), 5302.
Garzon, Juan L., Susana Costas, and Oscar Ferreira. 2022. “Biotic and Abiotic Factors Governing Dune Response to Storm Events.” Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 47(4):1013–31.

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