Under-graduate and post-graduate students will be received on short-term internships (e.g. Erasmus and Leonardo da Vinci programs) or longer-term thesis related work. Access to sampling equipment and logistics, laboratories, analytical facilities, as well as advice and supervision will be provided. MARE researchers and guest researchers will give lectures and workshops related with the infrastructure functioning on their field of expertise
Research projects will focus on (i) open ocean dynamics and coastal processes, (ii) aquatic ecology and physiology, (iii) development of environmental quality assessment tools, (iv) fisheries and aquaculture and (v) biodiversity, conservation and global change. Applications by national and international researchers will be welcomed and encouraged. Coupling between remote sensing, real-time monitoring, coastal tracking network and in-situ surveys will support validation and calibration activities Innovation Industrial collaboration in aquaculture and fisheries technology will be fostered to support an ecosystem-based management approach. Development of relevant, synthetic and novel indicators of environmental change, including biosensors and biomolecular tools, is a key area of CoastNet, with relevant benefits for coast based industries, ranging from tourism to power plants. Sensor design and development is also expected, in connection to new high technology industries.
Advisory of public institutions on policies and regulations such as the implementation of the EU’s Marine Strategy and Water Framework Directives and Marine Protected Areas, with particular emphasis for the implementation of the Portuguese Sea Strategy 2013-2020. Consultancy on river basin and land use management plans, monitoring programs and other coastal projects. Early detection of non-indigenous species and algal blooms and warning of competent authorities is also expected.
Consultancy on environmental impact assessment of projects with incidence on aquatic ecosystems will also be provided. These will include standard activities (e.g. harbours and other infrastructures) but also emerging marine sectors (e.g. offshore energy production and aquaculture). Standard monitoring programs (e.g. sewage treatment plants) will be an important sector included in this service.
MARE laboratories will provide distinct analysis (e.g. nutrients concentrations, HPLC algal pigments, heavy metals, sediment grain size, total organic content), according to its fields of research and equipment available. Expertise on phytoplankton, invertebrate and fish taxonomy is available and species abundance and identifications might be provided on demand. Quantification of specific bioindicators of physiological stress might also be provided on different biological components.
Databases and biological collections
A real-time environmental database and historical data on phytoplankton, macroalgae, macrophytes, invertebrates and fish will be set. The Algae Culture Collection (ALISU) consisting of marine phytoplankton from Portuguese waters, currently available at MARE, will provide experimental organisms for research and didactic purposes and keep backup cultures on demand. Biological collections of other taxonomic groups will also be available through collaboration with the Natural History Museum of Lisbon.