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I received a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the New University of Lisbon in 2008 and I am currently working with the Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Modeling Research Group of cE3c, under a contract supported by the FCT IF program. I am also a guest researcher at the Wageningen University in the Netherlands. My research focuses on the impacts of climatic variability on agriculture, forests and water resources.
Recently I have been involved in the coordination team of several European and national research projects on climate change impact assessment, such as MASCC: Mediterranean Agricultural Soils Conservation under global Change; GestAqua.AdaPT: Adapting Reservoir Management Strategies to Climate Change in Alentejo; or ERLAND: Direct and indirect impacts of climate change on soil erosion and land degradation in Mediterranean watersheds. I am also in the coordinating committee of COST Action CONNECTEUR: Connecting European connectivity research.
My current research is driven by three major goals: i) assessing the response of socio-hydrological systems to climatic variability in the Mediterranean; ii) evaluating the eco-hydrological response of forested landscapes to fire disturbances; and iii) developing new methodologies to simulate hydrological systems adapted to Mediterranean conditions.
Keesstra, S., Nunes, J.P., Novara, A., Finger, D., Avelar, D., Kalantari, Z., Cerdà, A. (2018) The superior effect of nature based solutions in land management for enhancing ecosystem services.Science of the Total Environment, 610, 997-1009. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.08.077 (IF2017 4,610; Q1 Environmental Sciences)
Hazbavi, Z., Keesstra, S.D., Nunes, J.P., Baartman, J.A.M., Gholamalifard, M., Sadeghi, S.H. (2018). Health Comparative Comprehensive Assessment of Watersheds with Different Climates.Ecological Indicators, 93, 781-790. DOI:10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.05.078 (IF2017 3,983; Q1 Environmental Sciences)
Nunes, J.P., Doerr, S.H., Sheridan, G., Neris, J., Santín, C., Emelko, M.B., Silins, U., Robichaud, P.R., Elliot, W.J., Keizer, J. (2018) Assessing water contamination risk following vegetation fires: challenges, opportunities and a framework for progress.Hydrological Processes, 32(5), 687-694. DOI:10.1002/hyp.11434 (IF2017 3,181; Q1 Water Resources)