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

October 01, 2021 The RIVEAL project hosted a Special Session entitled “River vegetation, the challenges of management and conservation and their values and ecosystem services” at the 63rd International Association of Vegetation Science Symposium, that took place from the 20th till the 23rd of September 2021. This is a worldwide union of scientists and others...

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September 27, 2021 On the 24th September 2021, the RIVEAL project members participated at the European Researchers’ Night, a Europe-wide public event, which displays the diversity of science and its impact on citizens’ daily lives in fun and inspiring ways. The event usually attracts over 2 million visitors in Europe and beyond and aims to:...

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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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April 12, 2022 From 6th to 7th April 2022, the RIVEAL project members participated at the RIPA-1: First International Conference on Riparian Ecosystems Science and Management, in Bratislava (Slovakia). The conference was organized by the COST Action CONVERGES and by the Plant Science & Biodiversity Center, Slovak Academy of Sciences. The RIVEAL project members Francisca...

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November 29, 2021 The most recently published paper under the RIVEAL project entitled “River ecosystem endangerment from climate change-driven regulated flow regimes” was published in the reputable scientific journal Science of the Total Environment (STOTEN). This study investigates the effects of climate change, and its repercussions on hydropower production, on the instream biota of a...

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October 1, 2021 The twelfth factsheet of the RIVEAL project discloses the analytical methodology used in the RIVEAL project to understand the existing relationships between environmental and biological data, as well as to forecast the response of the several biological elements according to different land use and river regulation scenarios and the gains or losses...

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September 13, 2021 The eleventh factsheet of the RIVEAL project continues 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 – Cultural Services – features non-material benefits of ecosystems through spiritual enrichment, cognitive development, reflection, recreation and aesthetic experience. Learn...

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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