earth surface processes team

university of aveiro  - portugal

about us

The ESP team was founded in 2005 by Jacob Keizer, with the start of the EROSFIRE project, integrated in the Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), Dept. of Environment and Planning (DAO) of the University of Aveiro. Ever since 2005, one of the principal research topics of the ESP team has been the abiotic and biotic impacts of wildfires, with a special focus on soil erosion (sensu latu) and its mitigation as well as on the eco-toxicological effects of wildfire ash on aquatic organisms. This was and is being made possible by a series of national and EU-funded project, associated post-doctoral and PhD grants, and numerous MSc and BSc students and trainees from a large number of countries.








Jan Jacob Keizer


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Ana Luísa Caetano

Bruna Oliveira

Dalila Serpa

Diana Vieira

Frank Verheijen

Isabel Campos

Óscar Gonzalez-Pelayo

Sandra Valente

Sergio Prats Alegre


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Ana Ré

Anne-Karine Boulet

Cristina Ribeiro

João Pedro Carreira

João Puga

Maria João Saraiva

Martinho Martins




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Flávio Silva

João Pedro Nunes

Paula Maia


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Alda Vieira

Cláudia Fernandes

João Rocha






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Nelson Abrantes


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the ESP team work

The focus of the team research is on:

• carbon and nutrient cycling and soil fertility losses, particularly in burnt areas

• climate change impacts on watershed processes and on the ecological status of water bodies

• forest hydrology and eco-hydrological modelling

• off-site fire effects of wildfires, namely the impacts on aquatic ecosystems, and post-fire management

• stakeholder participation in sustainable land management (forest and agricultural areas)

Selection of the 6 top publications that shows our work

Assessment of the toxicity of ash-loaded runoff from a recently burnt eucalypt plantation

Reductions in soil surface albedo as a function of biochar application rate: implications for global radiative forcing

Molecular characterization of wildfire impacts on organic matter in eroded sediments and topsoil in Mediterranean eucalypt stand

Impacts of climate and land use changes on the hydrological and erosion processes of two contrasting Mediterranean catchments

Effectiveness of hydromulching to reduce runoff and erosion in a recently burnt pine plantation in central Portugal

How much management is enough? Stakeholder views on forest management in fire-prone areas in central Portugal

Instalation of sediment fences on burnt areas

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research history

2013 - untill now

2009 - 2012

2005 - 2008



Urban Nature Labs

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Indirect effects of wildfire (severity) on carbon fluxes and budgets

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Mediterranean Agricultural Soils Conservation under global Change

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Adapting Reservoir Management Strategies to Climate Change in Alentejo

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Exploring mechanisms of reducing drought and disease stress in eucalypt seedlings by applying biochar to soils

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Preventing and Remediating degradation of soils in Europe through Land

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Toxic effects of wildfires on aquatic systems

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Low-flying Unmanned Aereal forest monitoring system

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CAtastrophic Shifts in drylands: how CAn we prevent ecosystem DEgradation

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POF-based turbidy sensor for environmental applications

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Climate change: an additional threat to aquatic systems under intensive pressure from agricultural diffuse pollution

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Long term monitoring in the Ria de Aveiro: towards a deeper understanding of ecological, environmental and economic processes

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High-resolution Rainfall EroSivity analysis and fORecasTing

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Impact of Mediterranean forestry practices on soil hydrological properties: measurement and modelling

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Desertification mitigation and remediation of land. A global approach for local solutions

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Direct and indirect impacts of climate change on soil erosion and land degradation in Mediterranean watersheds

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WildFIRE effects on topsoil Carbon and Nutrient Stocks, dynamics and exports

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Factors affecting the post-fire natural regeneration variability in Pinus pinaster and Eucalyptus globulus in Portugal

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The role of local stakeholders to the success of forest policy in areas affected by fire in Portugal

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Impactos de incêndios florestais nos processos hidrologicos e de erosão do solo: uma perspectiva Ibérica



Evaluation of the NIR-based technique to determine fires severity in Portuguese soils

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A multi-stage approach for addressing input data uncertainties in process-based rainfall-runoff modelling for small forested catchments upstream of the Ria de Aveiro

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 A GIS-tool for slope-to-catchment-scale soil conservation management following forest wildfires

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Immediate soil management strategy for recovery after forest fires

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The role of soil water repellency in soil erosion hazard following forest wildfires

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A model-based,decision-support tool for soil erosion hazard assessment following forest wildfires

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Forest reconversion in burnt areas

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Recuperação de Áreas Ardidas




Actions Pilote de Prévention des Risques d’Inondation dans des Zones Fortement Urbanisée

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Effects of climate change and climate variability on water availability and water management practices in Western Mediterranean

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Consequences for the mitigation of desertification of EU policies affecting forestry activity: a combined Socio-economic and Physical environmental approach


Effects of land use and land management practices changes on land degradation under forest and grazing ecosystems







Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM)

Department of Environment and Planning

University of Aveiro

3810-185 Aveiro





ESP team 2017