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The Centre for Geophysics of Évora was created in 1991 under the Science Programme (Programa Ciência) and research activities began in 1993, developing its scientific research in the areas of Sciences of the Earth, Climate, Environment and Space and covered the following activities:

R&D projects;
Advanced training;
Organization of Conferences/Workshops and Advanced Courses;
Cooperation with other institutions, promotion of scientific awareness and providing technical advice In the following areas:


  - Atmospheric Physics and Climate;
- Transfer phenomena in the geosphere;
- Internal Geophysics / Seismology;

- Dynamics of Geological Processes

The aim of the research is to contribute to a better understanding of:

  • Constitution, properties and active processes of the terrestrial crust.
  • Seismology and seismic/tectonic risk assessment;
  • Optical, chemical and electrical properties of the atmospheric constituents: gases, aerosols and clouds and climate system interactions;
  • Tele - Geo - observation of the atmosphere, for the study of the physical and chemical properties of the constituents and of the atmospheric;
  • Numerical modelling of Atmospheric Processes in particular of the mechanisms responsible for the generation, transport and removal of aerosols and its interaction with clouds.
  • Atmospheric Boundary layer: structure and transport, micrometeorology, air quality, impacts on health
  • Development of prototypes of scientific instrumentation for remote sensing of tthe physical and chemical atmospheric composition and of the atmospheric visibility
  • Transfer processes and transport in the boundary layer, cavities and porous media; transport and deposition of aerosols in confined spaces
  • Multidisciplinary study of the natural exergies and of the associated transfer phenomena. Exegetic fluxes in the atmosphere, at the terrestrial surface and crust. Atmospheric electricity.

and spans theoretical, experimental, observational and mathematical and computational modelling activities.

Advanced training activities include academic training of researchers, collaboration with researchers with post-doctoral grants and with invited scientists and the participation in master's degrees in Climate and the Atmospheric Environment and Structural Geology.Recently and under Bologna's studies reorganization these two master courses merged in one master's degree in Earth, Atmospheric and Space Sciences and a Ph.D degree in Earth, Atmospheric and Space Sciences was created, where CGE is the main Research infrastructure. CGE is also strongly participating in the master's degree in Environmental Instrumentation of the University of Évora.

CGE is one of the scientific organisations included in the Portuguese Committee for the International Polar Year 2007-09.

The co-operation with other institutes includes:

  • Research Contracts with EDP, and Collaboration Protocols with EDISOFT, SKYSOFT and National Environmental Institute (IA)
  • Dissemination of scientific knowledge in Secondary Schools: educational seismic network, geology in the summer.
  • Development of prototypes: earthquake machine, vertical seismometer, UV-Vis spectrometers, visibility instrument.
  • Participation in national and international campaigns (ACE-2, INDOEX, SAFARI 2000, VELETA 2002, DARPO, CAPEX) and in international networks (AERONET, EMSC, ROA/UCM). Recently CGE joint the National Geophysical Network, created by FCT under the framework of the National Scientific Re-equipment Program.
  • Intensive collaboration with national and international organizations: IM, IT-IST, Institut de Physique du Globe (IPG), Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (ISAC-CNR), Bologna and Institute of Geophysics of the Sciences Academy of Check Republic.
  • Participation in international Programmes (GEO, GMES, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research) and in international scientific organisations (ESA,EUMETSAT)
  • Participation in several bilateral programes.

The research team of the Centre currently has 54 members, of which 45 are based at the University of Évora where two thirds of these have a PhD. The Centre is organized in two main Groups: FIDAC (Physics and Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Climate), enclosing two areas of investigation: the Atmospheric Physics and Climate and the Transfer Phenomena in the Geosphere lines of research and SEISMOLITOS (Seismotectonics and processes of lithospheric deformation), attached to the Internal Geophysics and Seismology and to the Dynamics of Geological Processes lines of research. Each Group has a scientific coordinator.

The Centre has a Scientific Board which is formed from all of the members with PhDs and from an Administrative Board made up of four members from the Scientific Council. The coordination of all the activities of the Centre is carried out by the Director.

The activity of the Centre is evaluated regularly by a scientific advisor committee, consisting of three senior scientists, one for the first two lines of research (Atmospheric Physics and Climate and Transfer phenomena in the geosphere) and the other two for the two remaining areas of investigation - Internal Geophysics/Seismology and Dynamics of Geological Processes