The NOVA School of Science and Technology, the Almada City Council and the National Laboratory of Civil Engineering signed, on October 30th, the collaboration protocol for the implementation of a Risk Assessment Observatory and the creation of a Center for Environmental Risk Assessment and Management and Civil Protection Studies.
José Carlos Ferreira, professor and researcher in the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering at NOVA School of Science and Technology and project coordinator, explained during the signing of the protocol that a “working group will be created which, through the already existing numerous studies, elaborate a strategy to implement the necessary measures to increase the resilience of the coastal and riverside communities of the municipality of Almada ». The NOVA School of Science and Technology researcher stated that this collaboration demonstrates the necessary awareness to start acting now, as this is one of the municipalities of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area signaled “as very vulnerable to the impact of climate change when talking about coastal areas".
These initiatives will make it possible to make better use of the results of ongoing projects, such as monitoring projects of coastal overhangs, ocean storms and erosion, such as the use of results from a camera installed on the roof of Tryp Lisboa Caparica Mar Hotel within the scope of another project involving NOVA School of Science and Technology, LNEC and the Faculty of Sciences of Lisbon. This wave monitoring provides real-time information so that, in a storm episode, it is possible to predict how far the overhang will be and how destructive it is. The purpose is to create a tool for prevention and decision support in real time.