Instituto Dom Luiz (IDL) is a research Associate Laboratory that focuses on the use of quantitative science to unravel our Planet’s Dynamics and to respond to major societal challenges posed by Climate Change, a sustainable use of Earth and Energy Resources, and exposure to Natural Hazards. As an integrated Earth System Science institute, IDL has a wide research agenda in Earth and Environmental Sciences, actively promoting cross-discipline research to diagnose and model natural processes driven by the interaction of the Earth’s different sub-domains. IDL presently includes circa 110 researchers and 70 PhD students from 6 Portuguese Universities and two state laboratories (IPMA and IH), organised in 5 strongly interconnected research groups that share a high degree of complementarity and which keep its core mission at heart: excellent science providing a know-how base to address grand societal challenges.
The Climate change, atmosphere-land-ocean processes and extremes 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 investigates coastal Natural Hazards, Climate Change at different time-scales and hydrological Resources. The group measures, monitors and models external geodynamics from source to sink, at the interface biosphere-lithosphere-hydrosphere using expertise in coastal processes, geomorphology, engineering geology, hydrogeology, paleontology, sedimentology, remote sensing/geospatial information. [Read More..]
The Solid Earth dynamics, hazards and resources group focuses on solid Earth geodynamics, with emphasis on ocean islands, continents and continental margin processes. The group integrates observations that probe the Earth from the mantle up to the surface in order to tackle critical challenges, namely: 1) Volcanic and earthquake hazards, from improved fundamental understanding to innovative monitoring; 2) Mineral and hydrocarbon resources, from understanding their genesis to their exploration and exploitation; 3) Understanding past environments, climates, and their evolution based on the geological record. In order to address these challenges, we undertake research on the composition, structure and dynamics of the crust and mantle in different tectonic settings. Particular attention is given to the privileged natural laboratory of the Atlantic basin, with its volcanic islands, margins, and continental surroundings. [Read More..]
The research of the Continental margins and the deep ocean frontier 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..]
Research activities carried out by the Energy transition 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..]
Main Scientific Areas
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.
Energy and Earth Resources
Contributing to the future sustainability of usage of energy resources, water and raw materials, integrating geosciences and new technologies.
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.