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 12, 2021 After the recent publication of the scientific article “Carbon Stock Estimations in a Mediterranean Riparian Forest: A Case Study Combining Field Data and UAV Imagery” (https://www.mdpi.com/1999-4907/11/4/376/htm), the RipCarbon and RIVEAL projects team from CEF/ISA present a vídeo with the methods to estimate the carbon of the riparian florests. See how in:

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July 1, 2021 The most recently published paper under the RIVEAL project entitled “Influence of river regulation and instream habitat on invertebrate assemblage’ structure and function” was published in the reputable scientific journal Science of the Total Environment (STOTEN). This study investigates the structural and functional macroinvertebrate community alterations in different instream mesohabitats of two Portuguese rivers...

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June 14, 2021 The RIVEAL project participated in the famous Portuguese weekly TV environment magazine “Biosfera”, which presents sustainable paths to Portugal and highlights the main players working on the topics covered. Its 23rd episode was devoted to riverine ecosystems, particularly, riparian vegetation, where Francisca Aguiar, the RIVEAL project’s Principal Investigator explained the objectives of...

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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