[post-graduate education]
[undergraduate courses]
[course project showcase]


GEM is responsible, together with groups from the Technical University of Lisbon (UTL), for an M.Sc. program in Marine Science. It also receives and provides orientation for national and foreign students working on their post-graduaton thesis.

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M.Sc. in Marine Science

The basic idea behind this highly interdisciplinary course is to prepare specialists in fundamental areas of marine science, and simultaneously giving students a multi-subject perspective on the study of the oceans, preparing them for a sound interdisciplinary approach. Presently, two of the specialization areas of the program are in operation: coastal management and marine modelling. The Universities involved (UNL and UTL) have extensive experience in marine research, and complement each other in many research fields, ranging from physical oceanography to marine ecotoxicology, from environmental economics to ecological modelling, or from marine trace-metal chemistry to coastal land planning.


M.Sc. database (seabase)

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D.E.A. in Modelling of the Marine Environment

The European DEA (Diploma Eruditionum Altarum - Diplome of Higher Studies) is delivered jointly by the UNL and other participating universities under the coordination of the University of Liège. Courses concern not only modelling techniques and applications, but also the validation of models, and may include study visits and measurement campaigns as well as data processing and interpretation exercises. The thesis can be developed in one of the participating universities under a  DEA supervisor.



Mestrado Integrado em Engenharia do Ambiente

Modelação ecológica



GEM is responsible for part of the curricular activity taught during the final years of the Environmental Engineering Degree at the FCT-UNL. GEM's area of teaching lies mainly in the area of coastal and marine ecology and ecological modelling.

Final year project

This course constitutes the final year project for the new "Bologna" Environmental Engineering undergraduate degree (from 2006-2007).

Management of Aquatic Systems

This course has been introduced for academic year 2005-2006. It provides the knowledge base for the management of coastal, estuarine and inland water systems. It focuses on pollution, usage conflicts, and diagnosis and analysis techniques, especially water quality models. The aim is to prepare future Environmental Engineers for interdisciplinary work in aquatic systems management, especially in the European Union and Portugal in particular. 

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Estuaries and Coastal Zones (legacy) 

This course provides an introduction to coastal seas, the continental shelf, and estuaries, studying the most relevant physical, chemical and biological processes. The aim is to teach the knowledge base needed to understand the importance of coastal regions for the Environment, focusing on the European Union and particularly Portugal. It is recommended for students interested in the environmental problems of aquatic systems, and serves as basis for the Water Quality Management course.



The work carried out by GEM undergraduate and post-graduate students often provides useful information in marine science. Some projects not published or otherwise distributed are nonetheless relevant, and therefore are available online, according to the philosophy of making the results of academic activities useful for more than curricular credit.

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Integrated Management of the Ria Formosa

This project was carried out by the '98 undergraduate class in Water Quality Management. It provides an thorough analysis of this coastal lagoon and the conditions and pressures it is subjected to. Possible management solutions are analysed using an Integrated Environmental Management methodology.

Integrated Management of the Ria de Aveiro

This project was carried out by the 2001 undergraduate class in Water Quality Management. The modelling part needs to be completed, but the other components of the study are great - lots of useful information.