Marine and Environmental Geology Group (GEOMA)- University of Vigo


The Marine and Environmental Geology group (GEOMA) of the University of Vigo comprises six permanent researchers, supported by three postdoctoral positions and six postgraduate students at this moment. The group has been engaged for nearly two decades in marine research developing a singular pluridisciplinary approach to marine geology, based on the application of sedimentological, sediment dynamics, geochemical, and paleo-, rock and environmental magnetic methods in the context of paleoceanographic and -environmental investigations from late Pleistocene to Quaternary times. Their pluridisciplinary approach combines (a) wave, current and tide modeling applied to sedimentology and sediment dynamics, (b) the magnetic and geochemical detection and c) detection and modelling of singular events and early diagenetic sedimentary processes.

The group is integrated into the Faculty of Marine Sciences, being one of the leading marine geoscientific research institution involved in paleoceanographic, biogeochemical, sedimentological and geotechnical fields in Spain. Main working areas were coastal sedimentary environments such as beaches, tidal flats and subtidal areas from the Galician Rías and adjoining continental shelf. In recent times it has been extended to the Galicia Bank, the Spanish Mediterranean and the Argentinean southern continental shelf. From these studies a sedimentological, geochemical and geophysical characterization and mapping of sediments and sedimentary sequences with the additional support of sediment dynamics has been reached. It has allowed establishing a model of Rías behavior since a sedimentological and geochemical point of view with the integration of hydrodynamic variables.

As a result of these researches, the scientific productivity of the latest 10 yrs for the group can be summarized as follow: About 40 publications in SCI journals, near one hundred national and other international publications and more than 200 contributions to scientific meetings and congress, all of them supported by more than 25 research projects.

Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental (CIIMAR)- University of Porto


CIIMAR is the lead institution of the Center of Marine and Environmental Research, CIMAR – Associated Laboratory. CIIMAR – Associated Laboratory of the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT) is a research institution dedicated to research, dissemination and the transfer of technology in the area of Marine and Environmental Sciences.

The Chemical Speciation and Bioavailability Lab (CS&B) is one of the CIIMAR laboratories. The research area is Environmental Chemistry, namely speciation of trace elements in environment samples, both homogeneous and heterogeneous, including micro- and macro-organisms; equilibrium and kinetic studies; development of advanced techniques (separation and detection) for quantification and estimation of the bioavailability of trace species in environmental and biological samples.

A line of current research in CS&B Lab is soil/sediment biological remediation and is devoted to the study of the interactions between plants, microorganisms and contaminants in the rhizosphere of colonized salt marshes, as a contribution for a better understand of biogeochemistry of colonized estuarine sediments and bioremediation processes (microbial-, rhizo- and phyto-remediation). This Lab has capacity for analysis of several persistent toxic substances (PTS), like metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, organochlorinated pesticides, PCBs and organotins using, among others, gas chromatography (mass spectrometry detector, ECD, FID), HPLC (diode array, fluorescence detectors) and AAS.

Groupe d’Étude de l’Hydrodynamique et de la Dynamique Sédimentaire Littorale (GLADYS)- University of Montpellier-2


The group GLADYS hosts fellows from two institutes at University of Montpellier (France): Géosciences-M and I3M (Applied Mathematics Institute). GLADYS is specialized in nearshore hydrodynamics modeling and monitoring, coastal engineering and sedimentary coastal processes. The group involved displays some recent scientific results related to coastal to nearshore dynamics. These recent papers concern a broad range of topics all related to coastal systems including numerical modelling of nearshore hydrodynamics and morphodynamics, morphodynamic survey, hydrodynamic surveys at continental shelf scale and wave data processing.

GLADYS dedicates a slightly significant amount of time working in collaboration with industry and coastal managers. At present, most of the scientific results coming from GLADYS were translated to Languedoc-Roussillon region authorities, including an Atlas of Languedoc-Roussillon nearshore hydrodynamics (see for more details). GLADYS was also leader of the European project NAUSICAA in the framework of the BEACHMED-E project ( GLADYS will be used to disseminate the results of the present proposal at an European scale to a larger scientific community, including research institute and national organizations in Italy (University of Roma La Sapienza, ARPA-SIM, ISMAR in Venice), Spain (University of Barcelona), Greece (Fisheries Research Institute, NAGREF) and France (EID-Méditerranée, BRGM, University of Perpignan, CEREGE at Aix-en-Provence, LSEET in Marseille, LEGI in Grenoble, DGO Bordeaux).

Forth, since 2005 and until 2008, I3M and Géosciences-M are involved together in a collaborative project COPTER (ANR-05-BLAN-0005-01) dedicated to the numerical design of coastal defense structures thanks to shape optimization technics. In the framework of this project, the group develops a strong human partnership as well as innovative numerical tools that can computes hydrodynamics, shape of sea bottom and of emerged structures, morphodynamic response to hydrodynamic forcing.

Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar (ICBAS)- University of Porto


The Laboratory of Hydrobiology (LH) is a Laboratory of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of Abel Salazar (ICBAS) devoted to aquatic research from a multidisciplinary point of view, dealing from water quality monitoring to modeling, from early life fish stages to denitrification and global warming One of the central areas of research carried out at LH, estuarine and coastal microbial dynamics and processes, includes studies on the role of the microbial community on bioremediation processes.

This team has also proven experience and scientific knowledge in the majority of emerging molecular techniques developed for microbial ecology studies. Several techniques have been already implemented aiming the direct count of bacteria under epifluorescence, quantification of bacterial specific genes by Real-Time PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction), characterization of prokaryotic communities by DGGE (denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis) and microbial identification by cloning and respective phylogenetic analysis. Additionally, toxicity testing by means of luminous bacteria is also available.

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