IMAR includes about 200 researchers, belonging to institutions from all over the country, and covers the majority of research areas in Marine Science and Technology. These include:

  • Aquaculture
  • Coastal Management
  • Ecological Modelling
  • Environmental Impact
  • Fisheries (including Technology)
  • Hydrodynamic Modelling
  • Instrumentation
  • Marine Biology
  • Pollution
  • Sediment Transport
  • Toxicology

The associates of IMAR carry out their activities in these and other areas by means of the following instruments:

  • Pure and applied research (under contract to public and private entities)
  • Contract research (e.g. pollution studies, development of models, EIA)
  • Training

We presently participate in 71 research projects, corresponding to a financing level of 5000 KEuro. Our research activities are financed from a variety of sources, and our funding has shifted over the last few years from government support to international contracts and private and public sector income. IMAR has been growing rapidly over the past ten years, and still shows strong growth. We are now focussing on improving the quality of the centers which make up the Institute, developing greater cooperation, and diversifying our activities.

A short list of some current projects includes:

CANIGO - Canary islands-Azores-Gibraltar observations. Sub-project 1. Circulation and dynamics of transports through the eastern boundary current system.

OAERRE - Oceanographic Applications to Eutrophication in Regions of Restricted Exchange. EU – Framework V

C2C - Catchment to Coast - Sustainable Shrimp Fisheries in Maputo Bay. EU - INCO

Inlet dynamics initiative: Algarve - MAS3/CT97/0106.

Microorganisms in deep sea vents and marine hot springs as sources of potentially valuable biochemicals - MAS3/CT95/0034.

Modelling turbulent flows in coastal areas - applications to sediment dynamics and dispersion of pollutants - PBICT/MAR/2247/95.