Cristina, Sónia

Post doc fellow
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Key Words: ocean colour remote sensing, water and coastal management, water quality.

Additional Info

  • Bio:

    Sónia Claúdia Vitorino Cristina

    Sónia have a background in Oceanography, a international master in water and coastal management (WACOMA) and a PhD in marine and coastal management (MACOMA), specializing on remote sensing of ocean colour. Her research has been related to the optical properties of the seawater, on the validation of ocean colour sensors and in water quality. She have worked in 2 European Space Agency (ESA) and 4 European projects. She have disseminate her work in several peer review papers, conferences and posters presentations. On-going research is devoted on the application of satellite data to monitor coastal and oceanic waters.

  • Interests:

    • Ocean colour and sea surface temperature remote sensing;
    • Validation of ocean colour sensors (e.g. MERIS on Envisat and OLCI on Sentinel-3);
    • Coastal and marine management;
    • Marine policies (e.g. Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) and Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008/56/EC));
    • Water quality;
    • Time series analysis of radiometric and oceanographic data;
    • application of remote sensing to suport Blue Economy;
    • application of remote sensing to monitor coastal lagoons.

  • Additional Information: ORCID:0000-0002-5716-9750
  • Publications:

    Peer Review papers

    · Newton, A., Brito, A.C., Icely, J.D., Derolez, V. Clara, I., Angus, S., Schernewski, G., Inácio, M., Lillebø, A.I., Sousa, A.I., Béjaoui, B., Solidoro, C., Tosic. M., Cañedo-Argüelles, M., Yamamuro, M., Reizopoulou, S., Tseng, H-C., Donata, C., Roselli, L., Maanan, M., Cristina, S., Ruiz-Fernández, A.C., Lima, R., Kjerfve, B., Rubio-Cisneros, N., Ruzafa, A.P., Marcos, C., Pastres, R., Pranovi, F., Snoussi, M., Turpie, J., Tuchkovenko, Y., Dyack, B., Brookes, J., Povilanskas, R., Khokhlov, V. 2018. Assessing, quantifying and valuing the ecosystem services of coastal lagoons. Journal for Nature Conservation. (Impact Factor: 1.657)

    · Tilstone, G., Mallor-Hoya, S., Gohin F., Andre Belocouto, A., , Sá, C., Goela, P., Cristina, S., Airs, R. Icely, J., Zuehlke, M., Groom, S., 2017. Which Ocean Colour algorithm for MERIS and eutrophication indices in European coastal waters? Remote Sensing of Environment, 189, 132 – 151, Doi: (Impact Factor: 5.881).

    · Goela, P.G., Cristina, S., Kajiyama, T., Icely, J., Moore, G., Fragoso, B. and Newton, A., 2016. Algal Pigment Index 2 in the Atlantic off the Southwest Iberian Peninsula: standard and regional algorithms, Ocean Science Discussions, Doi:10.5194/os-2016-41, accepted for Ocean Science, 12, 1279-1288. Doi:10.5194/os-12-1279-2016 (Impact Factor: 2.985).

    · Danovaro, R., Carugati, L., Berzano, M., Cahill, A.E., Carvalho, S., Chenuil, A., Corinaldesi, C., Cristina, S., David, R., Dell'Anno, A., Dzhembekova, N., Garcès, E., Gasol, J.M., Goela, P., Féral, J.-P., Ferrera, I., Forster, R.M., Kurekin, A.A., Rastelli, E.,Marinova, V., Miller, P.I., Moncheva, S., Newton, A., Pearman, J.K., Pitois, S., Reñé, A., Rodríguez-Ezpeleta, N., Saggiomo, V., Simis, S., Stefanova, K., Wilson, C., Lo Martire, M., Greco, S., Cochrane, S.K.J., Mangoni, O., Borja, A. 2016. Implementing and innovating marine monitoring approaches for the assessment of the environmental status. Frontiers in Marine Science, section Marine Ecosystem Ecology, 3:213. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00213 (Impact Factor: 0.72).

    · Cristina, S., Cordeiro, C., Lavender, S., Goela, P.G., Icely, J., Moore, G., Newton, A. 2016. MERIS Phytoplankton Time Series Products from the SW Iberian Peninsula (Sagres) Using Seasonal-Trend Decomposition Based on Loess, 8(6), 449, doi:10.3390/rs8060449 (Impact Factor: 3.036).

    · Cristina, S., D'Alimonte, D., Goela, P.G., Kajiyama, T., Icely, J., Moore, G., Fragoso, B.D.D., Newton, A., 2016. Standard and Regional Bio-optical Algorithms for Chlorophyll a Estimates in the Atlantic off the Southwestern Iberian Peninsula. Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, IEEE, 13, 6, 757-761, DOI:10.1109/LGRS.2016.2529182 (Impact Factor: 2.228).

    · Goela, P.C., Cordeiro, C., Danchenko, S., Moore, G., Cristina, S., Icely, J., Newton, A., 2016 Time series analysis of SST and Upwelling components data in the Southwest Coast of Portugal: Seasons definition, Journal of Marine Systems, 163, 12-22, doi:10.1016/j.jmarsys.2016.06.002 (Impact Factor: 2.174).

    · Cristina, S., Icely, J., Goela, P.C., DelValls, T.A., Newton, A., 2015. Using remote sensing as a support to the implementation of the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive in SW Portugal, Continental Shelf Research, 108, 169-177 (Impact Factor: 2.011).

    · Goela, P.C., Icely, J., Cristina, S., Danchenko, S., DelValls, T.A., Newton, A., 2015. Using bio-optical parameters as a tool for detecting changes in the phytoplankton community (SW Portugal), Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, Special Issue 54, 167, 125-137(Impact Factor: 2.335).

    · Cristina, S., Moore, G. F., Goela, P.R.F.C., Icely, J.D., Newton, A., 2014. In situ validation of MERIS marine reflectance off the southwest Iberian Peninsula: assessment of vicarious adjustment and corrections for near-land adjacency. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 35(6), 2347-2377 (Impact Factor: 1.640).

    · Newton, A., Icely, J., Cristina, S., Brito, A., Cardoso, A. C., Colijn, F., Dalla Riva, S., Gertz, F., Hansen, J.W., Holmer, M., Ivanova, K., Leppäkoski, E., and Canu, D.M., Mocenni, C., Mudge, S., Murray, N., Pejrup, M., Razinkovas, A., Reizopoulou, S., Pérez-Ruzafa, A., and Schernewski, G., Schubert, H., Carr, L., Solidoro, C., Viaroli, P., Zaldívar, J-M., 2014. An overview of ecological status, vulnerability and future perspectives of European large shallow, semi-enclosed coastal systems, lagoons and transitional waters. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 140, 95-122 (Impact Factor: 2.335).

    · Goela, P.C., Danchenko, S., Icely, J., Lubián, L., Cristina, S., Newton, A., 2014. Using CHEMTAX to evaluate seasonal and interannual dynamics of the phytoplankton community off the South-west Coast of Portugal. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 151, 112-123 (Impact Factor: 2.335).

    · Goela, P.C., Icely, J., Cristina, S., Newton, A., Moore, G., Cordeiro, C., 2013. Specific absorption coefficient of phytoplankton off the Southwest coast of the Iberian Peninsula: A contribution to algorithm development for ocean colour remote sensing. Continental Shelf Research, 52, 119-132. DOI:10.1016/j.csr.2012.11.009 (Impact Factor: 2.011).

    Publications in scientific meetings​

    · Icely, J.D., Cordeiro, C., Cristina, S., Lavender, S., Goela, P., Newton, A., 2016. Temporal Variability in MERIS water constituents modelled by STL decomposition in SW Iberian Peninsula: Sagres. Proceedings of the ESA Living Planet Symposium, SP-740, Prague, Czech Republic from 9-13 May 2016, ISSN: 03796566 ISBN: 978-929221305-3.

    · Icely, J.D., Moore, G.F., Danchenko, S.A., Goela, P.C., Cristina, S.V., Zacarias, M., Newton, A., 2013. Contribution of remote sensing products to the management of offshore aquaculture at Sagres, S.W- Portugal. Ed. H. Ouwehand Proceedings of ESA Sentinel-3 OLCI/SLSTR and MERIS/(A)ATSR Workshop European Space Agency, Frascati, Italy (ESA SP-711, January 2013), ISBN: 978-92-9092-275-9.

    · Brito, A.; Brotas, V.; Cristina, S.; DAlimonte, D; Goela, P.; Icely, J.; Kajiyama, T.; Moore, G.; Newton, A.; Sá, C., 2013. OCPortugal Consortium: Activities and Challenges. Ed. H. Ouwehand Proceedings of ESA Sentinel-3 OLCI/SLSTR and MERIS/(A)ATSR Workshop European Space Agency, Frascati, Italy (ESA SP-711, January 2013),ISBN: 978-92-9092-275-9.

    · Icely, J.D., Moore, G.F., Goela, P.C., Cristina, S.V., Newton, A. 2012. Contribution of earth observation to understanding the upwelling conditions of the SW coast of Portugal. ESA, SOLAS and EGU Joint Conference Earth Observation for Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions Science; Frascati; Italy; 29 November 2011 through 2 December 2011; Code 102049, Volume 703 SP, 2012, 4p, ISSN: 03796566 ISBN: 978-929092267-4.

    · Cristina, S.; Goela, P.; Icely, J.; Moore, G.; Newton, A. 2010. Evaluation of the MERIS marine products in coastal and oceanic waters off Cape Sagres on the south-west coast of Portugal. Proceedings of Ocean Optics XX Conference, Anchorage, Alaska, 27th September 1st October 2010.

    · Goela, P.C; Cristina, S.; Icely, J.; Newton, A. 2010. Light absorption by particulate and dissolved organic matter in coastal and oceanic sites off the Southwest Coast of Europe: A contribution to MERIS sensor validation. Proceedings of Ocean Optics XX Conference, Anchorage, Alaska, 27th September 1st October 2010.

    · Cristina, S.; Icely, J.; Goela, P.; Newton, A. 2010. Validation of MERIS Satellite Products in Oceanic Waters off Cape Sagres on the South-West Coast of Portugal. Ed. H. Lacoste-Francis Proceedings of the ESA Living Planet Symposium. SP 686, Bergen, Norway, 28 June - 2 July 2010, ISBN : 978-92-9221-250-6.

    · Goela, P.C.; Icely, J.; Cristina, S.; Newton, A. 2010. Absorption coefficients of particulate matter off the Southwest coast of Europe: A contribution to validation of the MERIS sensor. Proceedings of the ESA Living Planet Symposium, SP-686, Bergen, Norway, 28 June - 2 July 2010, ISBN : 978-92-9221-250-6.​

    · Suslin, V.,V.; Tolkachenko, G., A.; Cristina, S. 2009. Quality of the standard atmospheric products from the SeaWiFS and MODIS sensors over the Black and Mediterranean Seas. Current Problems in Optics of Natural Waters: 5th - International Conference, St. Petersburg, Russia - 8-12 September2009. 317-321.




  • Projects:


    2016 – Present - CERES – Climate change and European aquatic RESources, (funded by H2020- Project no 678193);

    2015 – 2018 - AquaSpace - Ecosystem Approach to making Space for Sustainable Aquaculture (funded by H2020 – Project nº 633476);

    2013 – 2016 - AQUA-USERS - Aquaculture Users Driven Operational Remote Sensing Information Services, (funded by EU-FP7 Project no 607325);

    2012 – 2016 - MERIS 4th Reprocessing, between Sagremarisco and European Space Agency (funded by Contract nº ARG/003-025/1406/SAGREMARISCO);

    2012 – 2016- DEVOTES – DEVelopment Of innovative Tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good Environmental Status, (funded by EU-FP7);

    2008 – present - Technical Assistance for the Validation of MERIS marine products at Portuguese oceanic and coastal site (funded by European Space Agency (ESA) contract nº ESRIN/RFQ/3-122231/07/I-OL);

    2006 – 2009 - RECITAL - Reference Conditions and Intercalibration of the Portuguese Transitional and Coastal Waters (funded by INAG Water Institute).

    2005- 2006 – ECASA - Ecosystem Approach to Sustainable Aquaculture (funded by the EU FP6).