In eChanges we study ecological and social-ecological patterns of environmental change in a diverse range of (eco)systems at multiple spatial and temporal scales.
Land-use change, pollution, climate change, desertification and land-degradation are increasingly affecting ecosystems and human well-being. We work in semi-natural and urban ecosystems. We aim to monitor and model those ecosystems and their associated processes and responses to pressures. We use methods and tools based on the structure, diversity, and functioning of ecological, geological and socio-economic systems. Our ultimate goal is to develop and provide strategies to mitigate and adapt to ongoing global environmental change and move towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Some of our research topics are:
Oliveira, M.A., Llop, E., Andrade, C.F., Branquinho, C., Goble, R, Queiroz, S., Freitas. M.C. & Pinho, P. (2020) Estimating the age and mechanism of boulder transport related with extreme waves using lichenometry.ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, Online early, . DOI:10.1177/0309133320927629 (IF2019 7,632; Q1 Green & Sustainable Science & Technology)
Grilo, F., Pinho, P., Aleixo, C., Catita, C., Silva, P., Lopes, N., Freitas, C., Santos-Reis, M. & Branquinho, C. (2020) Using green to cool the grey: modelling the cooling effect of green spaces with a high spatial resolution.Science of the Total Environment, 724, 138182. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.138182 (IF2019 6,551; Q1 Environmental Sciences)
Monteiro, J., Brilhante, M., Domingues, I., Amaro, R., Gonçalves, D., Cavaco, T., Fonseca, G., Serrano, H.C. & Branquinho, B. (2020) A tale of two green walls: a functional trait approach to assess vegetation establishment on restored steep slopes.Restoration Ecology, 28(3), 687-696. DOI:10.1111/rec.13055 (IF2019 2,721; Q3 Ecology)