RIparian forest Values and Ecosystem services in uncertain freshwater futures and Altered Landscapes

The project

The RIVEAL project results from a joint effort of ecologists, sociologists and modelers that constitute a transdisciplinary team focused on producing scientific knowledge to support efficient and defensible water and land management decisions.

Latest News & Events

November 7, 2019 A general meeting of the RIVEAL project took place at Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal, to discuss the working progress and results of the first year. This general meeting was attended by all project partners and intended to discuss the achievement of the proposed activities in the course the first year of the...

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January 15, 2019 The first Workshop of the RIVEAL project took place at Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Portugal. This meeting intended to present the project to the science community, water managers and decision makers, and general population. Herein, Francisca Aguiar presented the RIVEAL project in general while the remaining speakers talked about specific topics that...

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July 24, 2020 During June 2020, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or drone) overfly a stretch of near 5 km of the River Lima, collecting remotely sensed data within the scope of Project RIVEAL. The collected high-resolution imagery will provide details of the fluvial vegetation mosaic in different wavelengths for mapping and quantifying key ecosystem...

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June 25, 2020 The paper “Functional Diversity of Riparian Woody Vegetation Is Less Affected by River Regulation in the Mediterranean Than Boreal Region” has been published on Frontiers in Plant Science journal (https://www.frontiersin.org/journals/plant-science). The study is a comparative investigation of the functional diversity patterns of riparian woody vegetation to streamflow regulation in boreal Sweden and...

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May 08, 2020 The paper “Global overview of ecosystem services provided by riparian vegetation” has been published on BioScience journal (https://academic.oup.com/bioscience). The study is an overview of ecosystem services provided by riparian vegetation, describing their characteristics and ranking the importance of each service. It also introduces a guided framework for use in riparian vegetation management...

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Meet our Leaders

Francisca Aguiar

PI & ISA-UL team leader

Teresa Ferreira


Luisa Schmidt

ICS-UL team leader

M. João Feio

MARE-UC team leader

Salomé Almeida

GeoBioTec-UA team leader