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Thematic Area A: Technologies for Ocean Exploration

Instituto de Sistemas e Robótica (ISR) / Instituto Superior Técnico e Univ. Algarve

Instituto do Mar / Dept. Oceanografia e Pescas da Universidade dos Açores (IMAR-DOP/UAçores),

Centro de Recursos Minerais, Mineralogia e Cristalografia da Faculdade de Ciências de Lisboa (CREMINER/FCUL).




1 - Summary of activities

During the year of 2004, the institutions in the thematic area A of the Associated Laboratory were involved in research and development activities in the fields of ocean sciences and technologies establishing solid bridges between this two large areas of knowledge through common research projects and missions at the sea.

From the ocean technologies side special emphasis was given to the design and development of navigation, guidance and control systems for unmanned robotic vehicles as well as to the implementation of real time distributed embedded architectures for the control of the vehicles Infante and Maya. The joint missions conducted by ISR/IMAR(DOP/Univ.Açores in the Pico channel, Azores Islands, were an important milestone for the development of the technological systems for the study and monitorization of the ocean. Further progress was also achieved in the study, development and test of systems for acoustic ocean tomography, acoustic remote sensing, and aerial autonomous platforms for the surveying of coastal areas.

In the field of ocean sciences, the institutions CREMINER and IMAR-DOP/UAç, together with international partners,  developed research work in a wide range of scientific areas that led to a better understanding of the interaction among phenomena of physical, biologic and chemic nature that occur in the ocean, and on its interfaces with the sea bottom and the atmosphere. As an example: the studies of the deep ocean hydrothermal fields of the Azores (MOMAR area) led by CREMINER and IMAR-DOP/UAç that involved missions to the Saldanha sea mount, and multidisciplinary studies of the ecosystems (coastal areas and deep sea), marine habitats, biodiversity and oceanography driven by IMAR-DOP/UAç within the scope of several national and international research projects.



2 - Indicators



A. Publications
Books and Book Chapters - 7
Papers in International Journals - 37
Papers in National Journals - 7

B. Comunications
In international conferences - 59
In national conferences - 7

C. Reports - 40

D. Organization of Seminars and Conferences - 15

E. Advanced Training
Ph.D Thesis (concluded) - 2
M.Sc Thesis (concluded) - 4
Others - 7

F. Models - 2



G. Computationla Applications - 2

H. Pilot Installations -

I. Laboratory Prototypes - 5

J. Patents - 1





3 - Publications in 2004

Books (1)



Morato, T. & D. Pauly (Eds.). Seamounts: Biodiversity and Fisheries. Fisheries Centre Research Report 12(5), 78 pp.

Book Chapters (6)


Gonçalves, M.A. – Background concentration of pollutants. In: Water Encyclopedia (J. H. Lehr & J. Keeley, eds). John Wiley & Sons, New York (in press).

Gonçalves, M.A. – Geochemical modelling – computer codes. In: Water Encyclopedia (J. H. Lehr & J. Keeley, eds). John Wiley & Sons, New York (in press).

Gonçalves, M.A. – Geochemical models. In: Water Encyclopedia (J. H. Lehr & J. Keeley, eds). John Wiley & Sons, New York (in press).

Gonçalves, M.A. – Metal-organic interaction in subtitle D: landfill leachates and associated groundwaters. In: Water Encyclopedia (J. H. Lehr & J. Keeley, eds). John Wiley & Sons, New York (in press).

Morato, T., W.W.L. Cheung & T.J. Pitcher. 2004. Vulnerability of seamount fish to fishing: fuzzy analysis of life history attributes. Pp 51-60 in Morato, T. and D. Pauly (Eds.). Seamounts: Biodiversity and Fisheries. Fisheries Centre Research Report 12(5), 78 pp.

Watson, R. & T. Morato. 2004. Exploitation patterns in seamount fisheries: a preliminary analysis. Pp 61-66 in Morato, T. and D. Pauly (Eds.). Seamounts: Biodiversity and Fisheries. Fisheries Centre Research Report 12(5), 78 pp.


Papers in international journals (37)


Almeida E., Monteiro Santos F. Mateus A., Heise W., Pous J. – Magnetotelluric measurements in SW Iberia: new data for the Variscan crustal structures analyses. Geophysical Research Letters (in press)

Afonso, P. & R.S. Santos in press. Within-nest spawning site preferences of female bluefin damselfish: the effect of early-stage eggs. Acta Ethologica, in press. Accepted Dec 2004

Barreiros, J.P., A. Bertoncini, L. Machado, M. Hostim-Silva & R.S. Santos 2004. Diversity and seasonal changes in the ichthyofauna of rocky tidal pools from Praia Vermelha and São Roque, Santa Catarina, Brazil. Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology, 47(2): 291 – 299.

Barreiros, J.P., V. Figna, M. Hostim-Silva & R.S. Santos 2004. Seasonal changes in a sandy beach fish assemblage at Canto Grande, Santa Catarina, South Brazil. Journal of Coastal Research: 20 (3): 862-870.

Barreiros, J.P., V. Figna, M. Hostim-Silva & R.S. Santos 2004. Diel seasonality of a shallow-water fish assemblage in a sandy beach at Canto Grande, Santa Catarina, Brazil. Journal of Coastal Research: in press. Accepted June 2004.

Bried, J. & M.C. Magalhães 2004. First palearctic record of the endangered Bermuda Petrel Pterodroma cahow. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club 124: 202-206.

Bried, J. 2004. Nourrissage tardif d’un jeune Goéland leucophée Larus michahellis. Alauda 72: 149-150.

Bried, J. In press. Diving ability of the Madeiran Storm Petrel. Waterbirds. Aceite a 22 de Dezembro de 2004

Cardigos, F., A. Colaço, P.R. Dando, S.P. Ávila, P.M. Sarradin, F. Tempera, P. Conceição, A. Pascoal & R.S. Santos in press. Characterization of the shallow water hydrothermal vent field communities of the D. João de Castro Seamount (Azores). Chemical Geology, in press. Aceepted Oct 2004.

Cruz, A., M.A. Silva, R. Prieto & J.M. Gonçalves 2004. Occurrence, distribution and habitat use of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) around the islands of Faial and Pico (Azores). Pp. 142-143 In: European Research on Cetaceans – Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Roma, Italia, 6 a 10 de Maio 2001. 478 pp.

Hespanha J., O. Yakimenko, I. Kaminer, and A. Pascoal, “Linear Parametrically Varying Systems with Brief Instabilities: An Application to Integrated Vision/IMU Navigation,” IEEE Trans. Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Vol. 40, N0. 3, pp. 889-9902, July 2004.

Felisberto P., Lopes C. and Jesus S.M., "An autonomous system for ocean acoustic tomography", Sea Technology, Vol. 45, No.4, pp. 17-23, April 2004.

Figueiredo, M., T. Morato, J.P. Barreiros, P. Afonso, R.S. Santos in press. Feeding ecology of the white seabream, Diplodus sargus, and the ballan wrasse, Labrus bergylta, in the Azores. Fisheries Research, in press. Accepted Dec. 2004.

Frick, M.G., K.L. Williams, A.B. Bolten, K.A. Bjorndal & H.R. Martins 2004. Diet and fecundity of Columbus crab, Planes minutus, associated with oceanic-stage loggerhead sea turtles, Caretta caretta, and inanimate flotsam. Journal of Crustacean Biology 24(02): 350-355.

Girolamo, M. de, A. Grapputo, L. Zane, R.S. Santos & A. Pallavicini in press. Isolation of seven polymorphic microsatellites in Ophioblennius atlanticus atlanticus (Perciformes, Blenniidae). Molecular Ecology Notes, in press. Accepted Dec 2004

Gonçalves M.A., Nogueira J.M.F., Figueiras J., Putnis C.V., Almeida C. (2004). Base-metals and organic contents in stream sediments in the vicinity of a landfill. Applied Geochemistry, 19: 137-151.

Guerreiro, V., L. Narciso, A. Almeida & M. Biscoito 2004. Fatty acid profiles of deep-sea fishes from the Lucky Strike and Menez Gwen hydrothermal vent fields (Mid Atlantic Ridge). Cybium, 28(1) suppl.: 33-44.

Kádár, E.V., V. Costa, R.S. Santos & H. Lopes in press. Behavioural response to the bioavailability of inorganic hg in the hydrothermal mussel Bathymodiolus azoricus. Journal of Experimental Biology, 208: 505-513. Accepted Nov 2004

Kádár, E., R. Bettencourt, V. Costa, R.S. Santos, A. Lobo-da-Cunha & P. Dando 2004 (on-line publication ahead). Experimentally induced endosymbiont loss and reacquirement in the hydrothermal vent bivalve Bathymodiolus azoricus. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. Aceite a 12 de Dezembro de 2004.

Lafon, V., D. De Melo Apoluceno, H. Dupuis, D. Michel, H. Howa & J.M. Froidefond 2004. Morphodynamics of nearshore rhythmic sandbars in a mixed-energy environment (SW France): 1. Mapping beach changes using visible satellite imagery. Coastal Estuarine and Shelf Science, 61(2), 289-299.

Marques F.O., Marques F.M., Mateus A., Figueiras J., Monteiro Santos F., Amaral H. (2005). The effectiveness of “clay” liners as basal isolation of landfills: a case study. Environmental Geology (in press)

Martins N., Jesus S.M., ``Blind estimation of the ocean acoustic channel by time-frequency processing'', accepted in IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, August 2004.

Mateus A., Araújo A., Gonçalves M.A., Matos J. (2005). Variscan overthrusting, fluid flow and the genesis of magnetite orebodies at Azenhas area (Pedrogão, Ossa-Morena Zone, SE Portugal). Bol. Geologico y Minero (in press)

Morato, T., P. Afonso & J.L. Carlin 2004. First record of scamp, Mycteroperca phenax, in the north-eastern Atlantic. Journal of Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 84(1): 281-282.

Mota R., Monteiro Santos F., Mateus A., Marques F.O., Gonçalves M.A., Figueiras J., Amaral H. (2004). Granite fracturing and incipient pollution beneath a recent landfill facility as detected by geoelectrical surveys. J. Applied Geophysics, 57: 11-22.

Pusch, C.; A. Beckmann; F.M. Porteiro & H. von Westernhagen 2004. The influence of seamounts on mesopelagic fish communities. Archive of Fishery and Marine Research 51(1-3): 165-186.

Relvas JMRS, Barriga, FJAS, Ferreira, A, Noiva, PC, Pacheco, N, Barriga, G. Hydrothermal alteration and mineralization in the Neves-Corvo volcanic-hosted massive sulfide deposit, Portugal: I. Geology, Mineralogy, and Geochemistry: Economic Geology (accepted).

Relvas, JMRS, Barriga, FJAS, and Longstaffe, F. Hydrothermal alteration and mineralization in the Neves-Corvo volcanic-hosted massive sulfide deposit, Portugal: II.Oxygen, Hydrogen and Carbon Isotopes: Economic Geology (accepted).

Represas P., Monteiro Santos F., Mateus A., Figueiras J., Barroso M., Martins R., Nolasco da Silva M., Oliveira V., Matos J.X. (2004). A case study of two and three-dimensional inversion of dipole-dipole data: the Enfermarias Zn-Pb(Ag, Sb, Au) prospect (Moura, Portugal). Near Surface Geophysics, 3(1): 21-31.

Ros A.F.H., N. Bouton, R.S. Santos & R.F. Oliveira 2004. Are aggressive fathers immunosuppressed? Alternative reproductive tactics, androgens and immunocompetence in the Azorean rock-pool blenny. Hormones and Behavior 46 (1): 120 (abstract).

Ros, A.F.H., R. Bruintjes, R.S. Santos, A.V.M. Canário & R.F. Oliveira 2004. Role of androgens in the regulation of life-history trade-offs in the rock-pool blenny, Parablennius parvicornis. Hormones and Behaviour, 46, 4: 491-497.

Rosa , D., Inverno, C., Oliveira, V. e Rosa, C., 2004, “Geochemistry of volcanic rocks, Albernoa area, Iberian Pyrite Belt, Portugal”, International Geology Review, vol. 46, p. 366-38

Silva P.F., Marques F.O., Henry B., Mateus A., Lourenço N., Miranda J.M. (2004). Preliminary results of a study of magnetic properties in the Foum-Zguid Dyke (Morocco). Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 29: 909-920.

C. Silvestre, A. Pascoal, “Control of the INFANTE AUV using gain scheduled static output feedback”, Control Engineering Practice, Vol. 12 No.12, pp. 1501-1509, 2004.

Tavares P.C., L.R. Monteiro, R.J. Lopes, M.M.C. Santos & R.W. Furness. 2004. Intraspecific variation of mercury contamination in chicks of Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) in coastal wetlands from Southwestern Europe. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 72(3): 437-444.

Tornos F., Inverno C.M.C., Casquet C., Mateus A., Ortiz G., Oliveira V. (2004). Metallogenic evolution of the Ossa Morena Zone. Journal of Iberian Geology, 30: 143-181.

Tornos F, Casquet C, Relvas JMRS. Transpressional tectonics, lower crust decoupling and intrusion of deep mafic sills: a model for the unusual metallogenesis of SW Iberia: Ore Geology Reviews (in press).

Papers in national journals (7)


Ávila, S.P., F. Cardigos, R.S. Santos 2004. D. João de Castro Bank, a shallow water hydrothermal-vent in the Azores: checklist of the marine molluscs. Arquipélago, Life and Marine Sciences, 21A: 75-80.

Bashmachnikov, I., V. Lafon & A. Martins 2004. SST distribution in the Azores. Part II: its space-time variability and underlying mechanisms. Arquipélago. Life and Marine Sciences, 21A: 19-31.

Bried, J. & M.C. Magalhães 2004. Primeira observação da freira das Bermudas Pterodroma cahow no Paleártico. Anuário Ornitológico 2: 65-67

Lafon, V., A. Martins, M. Figueiredo, M. Melo-Rodrigues, I. Bashmachnikov, A. Mendonça, L. Macedo & N. Goulart 2004. SST distribution in the Azores. Part I: AVHRR imagery and in situ data processing. Arquipélago. Life and Marine Sciences, 21A: 1-18.

Machado, P.B., M.R. Pinho & P.N. Duarte 2004. Trends in the fishery and catch pattern of kitefin shark, Dalatias licha (Bonaterre, 1788), from off Azores, throughout a GIS spatial analysis. Arquipélago, Life and Marine Sciences, 21A: 43-55.

Menezes, G.M., O. Tariche, M.R. Pinho, P.N. Duarte, A. Fernandes, M.A. Amboim 2004. Annotated list of fishes caught by the R/V “Arquipélago” off the Cabo Verde Archipelago. Arquipélago, Life and Marine Sciences, 21A: 57-71.

Vizinho, S.C & M.M.P. Tognella-De-Rosa In press. Análises sócio-económica e cultural da comunidade pesqueira do Pirajubaé (Baía Sul – Florianópolis - Santa Catarina - Brasil): uma ferramenta para o gerenciamento costeiro integrado. Gerenciamento Costeiro Integrado. Accepted August 2004.



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