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NORTE_ROCKS - Fine scale mapping, modelling and quantification of thermal habitat in rocky shore ecosystems in Northern Portugal

NORTE_ROCKS - Fine scale mapping, modelling and quantification of thermal habitat in rocky shore ecosystems in Northern Portugal

NORTE_ROCKS aims at describing the thermal dynamics of rocky shores at multiple scales, from regional to local. This knowledge is key for the precise modelling and quantification of thermal stress over ecologically relevant scales. We will characterise topography, environmental dynamics and biodiversity with unprecedented detail and coverage, and more importantly, without gaps. These spatially complete datasets will be used to downscale gridded model data, which will in turn be used with a land-surface model to obtain 50 years of hourly estimates of rock surface temperature for the entire study area. This level of detail will allow a thorough characterisation of thermal stress patterns and trends, and provide an unique view into the role of thermal habitats in shaping biodiversity patterns.

Team
Principal Investigator
Rui Seabra

Rui Seabra

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Group:
MarChange
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Researchers
António Emilio Ferrand de Almeida Múrias dos Santos

António Emilio Ferrand de Almeida Múrias dos Santos

Position: Assistant Professor
Groups:
HUMANEVOL, MarChange
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Fernando Pádua Silva e Lima

Fernando Pádua Silva e Lima

Position: Auxiliary Researcher
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Technical Staff
Bruno Loureiro

Bruno Loureiro

Position: Research Technician
Group:
MarChange
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Other members
David S Wethey (University of South Carolina), Michael Burrows (Scottish Association for Marine Science)
State
Ongoing
Proponent Institution
ICETA-UP (CIBIO-InBIO)
Funded by
FCT
Dates
2018 (Duration: 3 years)
Participant Institutions
CIBIO-InBIO
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