Instituto Superior Tecnico

Department MARETEC
Country Portugal
Region Lisboa

Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), the Engineering School of Lisbon Technical University is Portugal's main Engineering School with about 7000 undergraduate students and 2000 graduate students. Research activities IST are organized into Research Centers and Institutes. MARETEC is IST's multidisciplinary research centre, coordinated by Prof. Ramiro Neves ( and The main activities are numerical modeling applied to aquatic environmental problems, monitoring and data management. Financial resources are consulting services (private and institutional) and also research projects. The strategy followed for the past few years led MARETEC to consolidate MOHID, a numerical modeling platform ( covering almost all phases of the water cycle from watershed to river, estuary and finally ocean. The modeling: work is also complemented with monitoring in coastal areas. 

Partner Skills

MARETEC coordinated the work of several National and European research projects funded by FP6 (INSEA, ECOMANAGE, MABENE, EUROSTRATAFORM and in previous programs, as MAST (JEEP 92, OMEX, EUROMODEL, OPCOM) and Environment (MATURE, EUROSAM). Presently, the group carries modeling activities for 5 companies running wastewater systems and for the Portuguese Water Authority, in the framework of the application of EU water-related Directives. 

MARETEC have build an experience of more then 4 years running watershed models like MOHIDLand and SWAT that allow the evaluation of alternative scenarios for land use, water resources allocation or territorial management, which ultimately allow managing conflicting resource uses in coastal zones and inland water. The impacts of the loads scenarios estimated with watershed models, have been used in coastal waters and reservoirs (like MOHIDWater). 

MARETEC implemented an operational model for the Portuguese and Galician coast, which provides daily previsions of currents, salinity and temperature. This operational model is the base to study others systems in coastal area, as within the impact of the Foz do Arelho and Nazaré submarine outfall in coastal waters. The ocean conditions of this regional model were downscaled to local scale in order to analyze the impact of several sewage discharges along in the Portuguese coast. This is the recent strategy developed by the group to study local water quality problems.
The group have experience in operational modeling and their implementation in coastal areas, which an be useful related to the project. 
Participation in the Work Plan
MARETEC have experience to be integrated in the work plan related to environmental modeling for developing methodological procedures for numerical modeling that allows a better management and comprehension of the system.
Based on its field experience is also prepared to integrate the monitoring component which is useful for model validation procedure.