MARE - Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre

MARE - Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre is a Centre for research, technological development and innovation, with an integrative and holistic approach, concentrating a wide diversity of expertise, skills, and capabilities, with a nationwide territorial implementation, that develops its activities oriented to societal challenges, in close partnership with national and international research centres.

MARE combines expertise allowing approaching scientifically and technologically all types of aquatic systems, from river basins and associated landscapes, to estuaries, coastal and large marine ecosystems, the open-ocean and deep-sea, on a context of global and regional changes and cumulative anthropogenic impacts.

MARE centre is based at Universidade de Lisboa, Universidade de Coimbra, Universidade dos Açores, ISPA – Instituto Universitário, Universidade de Évora, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Instituto Politécnico de Leiria and Estação de Biologia Marinha do Funchal.

MARE was classified as Excellent R & D Unit by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), the national funding agency for science, technology and innovation.

MARE is organised in 3 ecosystem-oriented Research Groups, River Basins, Estuaries and Coastal Zones, and Open Ocean and Deep Sea, and in In 11 research thematic lines as cross cutting issues of the Research Groups. Research thematic lines are clustered under 4 domains:

  • LIFE: Biogeography, biodiversity, and evolution; Ecology, behaviour and conservation.
  • ENVIRONMENT AND RESOURCES: Hydraulics, water resources and environment; Ocean dynamics and processes; Living and non-living resources; Environmental assessment and ecological risk; Global environmental change; Ecological processes.
  • TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION: Technological tools for exploration and monitoring; Marine biotechnology.
  • INFORMATION AND SOCIETY: Policy and governance


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