University of Algarve

Department Centre of Marine and Environmental Research
Country Portugal
Region PT15

The Center for Marine and Environmental Research (CIMA) was created in 1998 and is part of the IMAR consortium. CIMA integrates scientists from several areas of science & technology of the University of Algarve and other institutions. Its activity embraces advanced training at MSc and PhD level, development of research projects especially in aquatic areas such as the deep-sea, shallow waters and estuarine ecosystems and supplying analytical and consulting services to the community. Particularly, the Ecotoxicology and Environmental Chemistry group from CIMA has more than 15 years of expertise in problematic areas of marine pollution and in the detection of the impact of anthropogenic compounds (both metal and organic xenobiotics) in water, sediments and marine organisms. This partner has been involved with local authorities in developing monitoring strategies under the WFD and more recently in the Marine Policy Directive.


At present the group participates in several national and EU research projects dealing with the effects of several types of organic and inorganic contaminants and with the use of several biomarkers for quality management and risk assessment. The group was involved in several INTERREG projects namely UTPIA - Use of Lead as an indicator of environmental vulnerability in the Iberian Pirite Belt (UTPIA/SP.5P9_02), REDCONTAMAR- Scientific network for the characterization of contamination levels and sustainable management of coastal lagoons in the transboundary region between Portugal and Spain and PROTEOBIMAR - Development of new biomarkers for a sustainable management of sensitive coastal areas using a proteomic and a metalomic approach (PROTEOBIOMAR/SP.5.P135/03)  (Dr. M. J. Bebianno acts as PI in this project). 

Participation in the Work Plan

Regarding the proposal we will be able to contribute to WP1, WP2, WP3 - 

Chemical and biological indicators (water, sediment and biota) related to specific hazard evaluation and WP5 ERA.