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Research Group 1 - Resource Management & Landscape Architecture

The Resource Management & Landscape Architecture Group hosts ~40 researchers with expertise in a wide range of topics related with natural ecosystems from Landscape Architecture, Soil Sciences, Agronomy, Agricultural Waste Management, Environmental Chemistry and Processes to Water management and Irrigation. This diversity of competences and skills is a key factor to successfully reach the main objective of this group: to improve food production through sustainable agricultural systems and to promote eco-responsible landscape management.

The research of the Resource Management & Landscape Architecture Group is focused on three main research areas:

  • Landscape and Land use planning:
    • Land use planning and design focusing on ecological and cultural sustainability, from national to local scales;
    • Development and design of Nature Based Solutions;
    • Landscape restoration in urban and rural areas;
    • Assessment of the soil, water and plants quality in urban allotment gardens;
    • Development of green roof prototypes for Mediterranean conditions;
    • Soft mobility planning;
    • Production of cartography and data sharing in the EPIC WebGIS;
  • Soil, Water and Agricultural Residues management:
    • Water Scarcity and Droughts; Irrigation; Modelling of evapotranspiration and crop coefficients; remote sensing.
    • Modelling of plant growth and quality considering impacts of climate changes: development of a chilling model for the prediction of flowering and quality of olive;
    • Development of innovative soil remediation technologies;
    • Assessment of environmental impacts (Nutrients and carbon losses to air and water, soil health) and agronomic value of agricultural residues and development of mitigation measures;
    • Nutrients recycling
    • Assessment of water quality (regarding metals, pesticides and emergent pollutants) at several scales, using identification and level of contaminants and bio-indicators;
    • Soil-plant interaction with special emphasis on characterization of biochemical responses of several plants to abiotic stress
  • Environmental Technologies:
    • Development of new technologies to treat effluents, sediments and organic residues to be used as a source of biogas or electricity, to extract valuable compounds, or to apply as soil amendments.
    • Removal of endocrine disruptors in tropical regions using plant seeds
    • Study of the interaction between agriculture practices and nutrient removal in riparian vegetation.

A significant part of this research work is supported by national and international projects. A large group of PhD and Master Students is involved in most of these research activities.


Group Coordinator

David Paulo Fangueiro




FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia