GEOBIOTEC - Main Results

Interdisciplinary research was mainly focused on: 
Management of natural resources: industrial minerals and clays are increasingly used to produce commodities of paramount importance for the development of societies, such as: construction materials, paper, plastics, ceramics, paint, etc. The quality of these very much on the scientific and technological advances being achieved, also fundamental for the development of new commercial grades, new products and new applications.
Assessing environmental quality: providing the basis for assessments of anthropogenic changes to the environment such as water quality, coastal pollution and erosion, and soil degradation. 
Characterization of urban environment, assessment of organic/inorganic contamination, prediction and mapping of vulnerabilities and risk to the citizens as to urban environmental compartments (soil, sediment, water, biota) and of socio-economic repercussions. 
Linking basic science, engineering and public policy: develop studies that mitigate the impact of both natural and anthropogenic induced hazards such as the stability of foundations, dams, slopes, or underground structures, the quantitative description of groundwater flow and contamination, and, last but certainly not least, the broad fields of medical geology and environmental geotechnics. 
Basic and applied research has been conducted in several domains: prospecting for certain minerals, using clay mineral assemblages for basin analysis on-shore and on the continental platform, studying soil geotechnical properties, application of radiogenic isotopes to environmental studies and to chemostratigraphy, geo-biology, bio-hydrogeology and high-resolution geophysics. 
Characterization of the main tectonic, metamorphic and magmatic events that took place during the Variscan orogeny in selected areas of the Variscan Belt in Iberia and Morocco. Characterization of the main magmatic and post-magmatic processes involved in the genesis of the volcanic and sub-volcanic rocks of the Corvo, Flores and Faial islands; assessment of volcanic and seismic hazards in the Azores archipelago, and of the evaluation of the use of thermal waters in the archipelago. A significant effort was also put into providing high quality isotopic analyses, using the VG SECTOR 54 mass spectrometer and the clean room Air Class 100 of the University of Aveiro. As a result of this effort, Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd isotopic analysis can now be routinely performed in Aveiro. 

última atualização a 18-11-2013
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