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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January 18, 2021 The ninth factsheet of the RIVEAL project starts a series of information documents introducing the ecosystem services provided by rivers and riparian vegetation considered for analysis in the project’s tasks. This factsheet – Riparian carbon – features the amount of carbon that has been sequestered from the atmosphere and is stored within...

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January 07, 2021 The paper “Multi-biologic group analysis for an ecosystem response to longitudinal river regulation gradients” was published on Science of the Total Environment journal (https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/science-of-the-total-environment). The study assessed how multiple aquatic and riparian biological elements are affected by a gradient of regulation intensity and their interrelations while coping with this disturbance. The paper...

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January 05, 2021 The eighth factsheet of the RIVEAL project follows up a series of information documents introducing the biological elements considered for analysis in the project’s tasks. This factsheet – Diatoms – features eukaryotic, microscopic, unicellular or colonial organisms, belonging to the Bacillariophyceae. They are mainly photosynthetic, with golden-brown chloroplasts microalgae colonizing all types...

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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