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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. 

UNaLab Team Members

Meet the UNaLab Team Members from the University of Aveiro

Peter Roebeling

Peter Roebeling
Work Package 3 - Monitoring and Impact Assessment
Rita Mendonça

Rita Mendonça
Work Package 3 - Monitoring and Impact Assessment
Rúben Mendes

Rúben Mendes
Work Package 3 - Monitoring and Impact Assessment

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Call for Papers on Nature-based Solutions for Urban Global Climate Change Adaptation

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.

Assessing the Multiple Impacts of Nature-based Solutions Using the Systemic Decision Support Tool

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).

Direct and Indirect Impacts of Nature-based Solutions on Urban Heating

Authored by Bruno Miguel Rocha Augusto. The Department of Environment and Planning, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal, 2018.

Integration and Visualisation of Urban Sprawl and Urban Heating Indicators from Complex Data in a Context of Nature-based Solutions

Authored by Carole Simone Juliette Bodilis. The Department of Environment and Planning, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal, 2018.

Mapping the Life Cycle Co-creation Process of Nature-based Solutions for Urban Climate Change Adaptation

Authored by Marta Irene de los Rios White. The Department of Environment and Planning, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal, 2018.

NBS for Climate Change Adaptation: the Roadmap Potential to Enable Cooperative Institutions for Managing Urban Green Commons

Authored by David Lameiras Barrera. The Department of Environment and Planning, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal, 2018.

Assessment of Factors Influencing the Adoption and Diffusion of Nature-based Solutions in Urban Areas

Authored by Max Alberto Lopez Maciel. The Department of Environment and Planning, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal, 2019.

NBS performance monitoring in the front-runner cities

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.

The effectiveness of NBS to reduce pluvial flooding risks in Eindhoven

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.

Short and Medium- to Long-term Impacts of Nature-based Solutions on Urban Heat

Authored by Bruno Augusto, Peter Roebeling, Sandra Rafael, Joana Ferreira, Ana Ascenso & Carole Bodilis. Published in Sustainable Cities and Society in June 2020.

The Institutionalization of Nature-based Solutions - A Discourse Analysis of Emergent Literature

Authored by Rúben Mendes, Teresa Fidélis, Peter Roebeling & Filipe Teles. Published in Resources in January 2020.

Assessing Economic Instruments to Steer Urban Residential Sprawl, Using a Hedonic Pricing Simulation Modelling Approach

Authored by Rita Mendonça, Peter Roebeling, Filomena Martins, Teresa Fidélis, CarlaTeotónio, Henrique Alves & João Rocha. Published in Land Use Policy in March 2020.

Re-naturing Cities: Evaluating the Effects on Future Air Quality in the City of Porto

Authored by S. Rafael, B. Augusto, A. Ascenso, C. Borrego & A.I. Miranda. Published in Atmospheric Environment in February 2020.

Impacts of Nature-based Solutions on the Urban Atmospheric Environment: A Case Study for Eindhoven, The Netherlands

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.

Policy instruments to encourage the adoption of nature-based solutions in urban landscapes

Authored by Rita Mendonça, Peter Roebeling, Teresa Fidélis & Miguel Saraiva. Published in Resources in August 2021.

Effectiveness of nature-based solutions on pluvial flood hazard mitigation: the case study of the City of Eindhoven (The Netherlands)

Authored by Sandra Costa, Rik Peters, Ricardo Martins, Luuk Postmes, Jan Jacob Keizer & Peter Roebeling. Published in Resources in March 2021.

Assessing the impacts of nature-based solutions using the Systemic Decision Support Tool and the NBS Simulation Visualisation Tool

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).

How effective are nature-based solutions in different environments?

Authored by Ana Ascenso, Carla Gama, Peter Roebeling & Ana Isabel Miranda. Published in WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment in 2021.

Assessing Douro Vineyards Exposure to Tropospheric Ozone

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.

Water pollution threatening marine, coastal and estuarine systems: a review of environmental-economic approaches for the assessment of development strategies

Authored by Maria Bastos, Peter Roebeling, Fátima Lopes-Alves & Sebastian Villasante. Published in WIT Transactions on The Built Environment in 2022.

The Embeddedness of Nature-Based Solutions in the Recovery and Resilience Plans as Multifunctional Approaches to Foster the Climate Transition: The Cases of Italy and Portugal

Authored by Elena Di Pirro, Rúben Mendes, Teresa Fidélis, Lorenzo Sallustio, Peter Roebeling, Marco Marchetti & Bruno Lasserre. Published in Land in August 2022.

Modelling Impacts of Nature-Based Solutions on Surface Water Quality: A Rapid Review

Authored by Fábio André Matos & Peter Roebeling. Published in Sustainability in June 2022.

Integrating Biophysical and Economic Assessment: Review of Nature-Based Adaptation to Urban Flood Extremes

Authored by Carlotta Quagliolo, Peter Roebeling, Rita Mendonça, Alessandro Pezzoli & Elena Comino. Published in Urban Science in August 2022.

Are green roofs the path to clean air and low carbon cities?

Authored by Rafael, S., Correia, L. P., Ascenso, A., Augusto, B., Lopes, D., & Miranda, A. I. Published in Science of The Total Environment in December 2021.

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