International Collaboration

If you are interested in training through research or internships at CIMA, please contact our Technical Support Office.  
CIMA also welcomes collaborations with outstanding MSc and postdoctoral researchers in the frame of EU and National programs, including the 2016 Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowships.
Specifically, CIMA is keen to support applications related to the following fields of research:
1. Operational Oceanography (Observation and Modelling):
CIMA is willing to host highly motivated researchers, interested on the persecution of a research program on Operational Modelling and Observation of coastal systems, with focus on physical and biogeochemical processes occurring at the coast of Algarve.
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Ongoing projects: AtlantOS - Optimizing and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System (H2020-BG-2014-2).
2. Marine Renewable Energies:
Our research is mainly focus on analyzing the relation between the environment and devices, and how those influence the extraction of marine energy using real prototypes.
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Ongoing Projects: SCORE -Sustainability of using Ria Formosa Currents On Renewable Energy production (funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology FCT - PTDC/AAG-TEC/1710/2014) ; WATTAGE - Workability Aspects of Tidal Turbine Arrays on producing Green Energy (OceanEra Joint Call 2014).
3. Ocean Color Remote Sensing:
Ocean Color OC remote sensing is an outreaching component of CIMA research activities. CIMA work plan focuses on the development and operational use of regional algorithms for improving the quality of satellite data products in coastal waters of Portugal.
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Ongoing Projects: OC Portugal – Ocean Colour Portugal
4. Deep Non Living Resources:
CIMA at the forefront of international research concerned with the environmental impacts of exploitation of deep-sea non-living resources, such as deep-sea mining. CIMA is interested in continuing developing and validating new methodologies and protocols for ecotoxicology risk assessment in the deep sea.
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Ongoing Projects: MIDAS – Managing the Impact of Deep Sea Resource Exploitation (H2020)
5. Marine Pollution and Litter:
CIMA has more than 25 years of experience in marine contamination and ecotoxicology. The current focus is on the development of strategic tools to assess the uptake, tissue distribution and effects of micro and nanoplastics in marine species.
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Ongoing Projects: EPHEMARE - Ecotoxicological effects of microplastics in marine ecosystems (JPIOcean).
6.Estuarine Dynamics:
CIMA has developed during the last decade extensive research activities related to water circulation, sediment transport and ecological processes in estuaries based on in situ observations, together with experimental and modelling exercises. CIMA encourages applications devoted to the study of coupled physical and ecological drivers of estuarine systems.
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Ongoing projects: Hydrodynamics of floods in narrow estuaries (Project IF/00661/2014); SIMPATICO environmental monitoring program (Guadiana Estuary, since 2008).
7. Climate Change (looking to the future from the past and present):
CIMA research on climate change has focused on deciphering and reconstructing coastal adaptation over the last 20.000 years and framing those changes within the climate variability of the North Atlantic. The aim is to (i) identify the ongoing signals of climate change in coastal systems, and (ii) understand the temporal and spatial distribution of major storminess periods with special attention to the Mid to Late Holocene across the North Atlantic.
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8. Biofuels in a Biorefinery Approach:
CIMA is mainly focused on the production of 2nd and 3rd generation Biofuels, with carbon-rich agro-industrial wastes (e.g., carob pulp and cheese whey), to produce biodiesel, bioethanol and biogas, using marine microorganisms (microalgae and yeasts). The main objective is sustainable bioprocess development for advanced biofuels, biochemicals and other valuable materials, using the integrated biorefinery concept for total material and energetic resource utilization.
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9. Barrier Island Dynamics:
CIMA and University of Algarve has a unique geographical location in relation to RIA Formosa, one of the few barrier island systems in Europe. Current research covers a wide range of topics namely: (i) barrier island resilience; (ii) coastal erosion and storm impacts; (iii) tidal inlet dynamics; (iv) evolution of coastal lagoons; (v) barrier evolution modeling.
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Ongoing Projects: EVREST – Evolution and Resilience of Barrier Island Systems (funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology FCT - PTDC/MAR-EST/1031/2014).