The University of Aveiro is a public foundation governed by private law, that has as its mission the assistance and development of graduate and postgraduate education, research and cooperation with society. Founded in 1973, it quickly acquired a leading role in the university landscape of Portugal – evidenced by the fact that it was recently considered the best Portuguese university in the ranking of the top 400 world universities. The University of Aveiro is a privileged partner of companies and other national and international entities, with which it cooperates in many projects and programs – providing important services as well as developing innovative products and solutions that contribute to the advancement of science and technology.
The Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) is an associated research laboratory of the University of Aveiro, whose fundamental mission is to develop research in the coastal and marine environment through integration of the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and social sphere. It acquired the status of Associate Laboratory in 2005, and has an excellent evaluation by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). The Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies (GOVCOPP) is a research unit of the University of Aveiro, that integrates social sciences research developed across the University of Aveiro. Its mission is to produce knowledge that contributes to economic efficiency and good practices in governance across specific territorial contexts.
The UNaLab team members Peter Roebeling, Teresa Fidelis, Anna Ståhlbröst and Laura Wendling are guest editing a special issue of the Open Access journal Resources on the topic “Nature-based Solutions for Urban Global Climate Change Adaptation”. They now invite papers that address one or more of the pre-selected issues. The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2019.
To assess the direct (short-term) and indirect (medium to long-term) impacts of nature-based solutions and strategies on urban heat and air quality, flooding and water quality, biodiversity, and sprawl, gentrification and real-estate valuation, UNaLab is developing the systemic decision support tool (SDST).
Year 2019 marked the advancement and near finalisation of NBS planning and construction in the UNaLab front-runner cities. During the latter half of 2019, the cities have been working with the project’s technical partners to identify a suite of relevant key performance indicators (KPIs) that will provide essential information about the performance and impact of the NBS being implemented.
Like many other cities, Eindhoven suffered from urban expansion that was not accompanied by adequate upgrades to sewer and storm water networks. This has led to an increase in urban flooding, consequential property and infrastructure damage and associated costs. To counter this, the Eindhoven municipality has developed various near future and future adaptation measures that foresee the implementation of certain NBS to reduce pluvial flooding.
Authored by Ana Ascenso, Bruno Augusto, Carlos Silveira, Sandra Rafael, Sílvia Coelho, Alexandra Monteiro, Joana Ferreira, Isilda Menezes, Peter Roebeling & Ana I.Miranda. Published in Urban Forestry & Urban Greening in October 2020.
The SDST/NBS-SVT uses a map-based view to present the potential direct and indirect environmental, social and economic impacts of different proposed NBS. The tool allows users to compare and visualise different NBS scenarios without (2030) and with (2050) climate change and/or population growth relative to the reference baseline situation (2015).
Authored by Ana Ascenso, Carla Gama, Daniel Blanco-Ward, Alexandra Monteiro, Carlos Silveira, Carolina Viceto, Vera Rodrigues, Alfredo Rocha, Carlos Borrego, Myriam Lopes & Ana Isabel Miranda. Published in Atmosphere in February 2021.