Main Scientific Areas

Climate Change

Understanding climate change, contributing to the international and interdisciplinary effort of prediciton of evolution of the Earth system and supporting the mitigation and adaptation efforts needed.

Planet Earth Dynamics

Integrating different spacio-temporal scales of analysis of earth dynamics, from the surface to the interior of the planet, in special in the natural Lab offered by the Euro-Atlantic region.

Energy and Earth Resources

Contributing to the future sustainability of usage of energy resources, water and raw materials, integrating geosciences and new technologies.

Research Groups

The Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate group focuses on the different components of the Atmosphere and Ocean, namely on dynamical processes of the atmosphere and ocean and their interactions, as well as climate change and variability.  Emphasis on coupled dynamics and inter-annual scales in the North Atlantic Basin and in Eastern Boundary systems is given within the group’s research. Moreover, weather driven hazards and paleoclimatology are also important lines of research. Applied research is also carried out, mainly on the following topics: ocean margin processes, renewable energy, climate services and remote sensing.  The group also largely contributes to regional and global Climate studies, and Earth-System model development, participating in various international initiatives.  [Read More..]
The Earth Surface Processes group integrates expertise in the areas of coastal processes/geology, geomorphology, engineering geology, hydrogeology (surface and ground water, thermal waters), paleontology, sedimentology, remote sensing / geospatial information. The group measures, monitors and models external geodynamics from source to sink, at the interface biosphere-lithosphere-hydrosphere. The groups also investigates (paleo)environmental reconstruction (active processes and morphosedimentary responses in coastal environments), paleoclimate (e.g. global and regional change), paleoceanography (e.g. calcareous nannofossils), paleoecology (micro to macroscale), hydrogeological systems, forecasting environmental changes, assess natural and anthropogenic hazards and risks and impacts on hydrological resources.  [Read More..]
The research of the Marine Geology and Geophysics group focuses on geological processes in marine basins, their relationship with the formation of mineral and energy resources, and the triggering of natural hazards. The research group gathers geophysicists and geologists with expertise in geodynamic processes, margin and basin research, and marine mineral resources. The research includes a variety of disciplines and techniques, such as marine geophysics, tectonics and geodynamics, structural geology, sedimentology, petrology, space geodesy and numerical and physical modelling. The group defined a set of regional targets, as a function of their scientific and societal interest or on-going cooperation with the private sector. Most of them are tackled as natural laboratories for the study of marine geo-processes with global relevance.  [Read More..]
The Continents, Islands and Mantle group focuses on solid Earth geodynamics, with emphasis on ocean islands, continents and continental margin processes. The group integrates mantle to surface observations to tackle critical challenges, namely: 1) volcanic and earthquake hazards, from improved fundamental understanding to innovative monitoring; 2) georesources, including minerals and hydrocarbons, from understanding their genesis to their exploration; 3) understanding past environments, climates, and their change based on the geological record. The group also investigates the fundamental structure, composition and dynamics of the asthenosphere and lithosphere, their origins and evolution. The group gives particular attention to the privileged natural laboratory of the Atlantic islands, its margins and continental surroundings.  [Read More..]
Research activities carried out by the Renewable Energy group aim to contribute to the transition to a low carbon energy system, in line with the EU priorities for Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy. These challenges require both the development of concepts, technologies and services for an increasing clean energy generation, energy efficiency and sustainable development of urban areas. Energy use has strong implications with the environment requiring also cooperation with other IDL groups, in particular regarding climate change. The group aims to bring innovative ideas to the industry, society and fellow research institutes. The research in this group is divided in 3 main areas: 1) Solar Energy, covering PV (photovoltaics) technology, systems nd remote electrification; 2) Renewable Energy Resources (in cooperation with the Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate group), covering solar resource analysis and renewable resources in the urban environment; 3) Energy & Environment in Buildings covering simplified models for building energy simulation, studies on natural ventilation among others. Emerging areas of interest within the group are energy storage and mobility.  [Read More..]

Our Mission

IDL aims to be relevant not only in fundamental Earth System research, but also in applications and technologies that relate science with the main 21st century societal concerns: forecasting and adapting to climate change and to other major natural hazards, and establishing an environmentally sustainable supply of raw materials, water and energy. Merging Geosciences research with applications and technologies is the key of both knowledge transfer to the Society, and training of a new generation of scientists and engineers.

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Past Scientific Activities and Events

Here you can see some photos of our participation in conferences and meetings, outreach and training events, scientific missions and other activities.
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