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 rurak fires, with a special focus on: (i) soil erosion and associated nutrient and contaminant transport, and their mitigation, especially through mulching with forest residues; (ii) 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.

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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 6 publications in 2022 that give some idea of our research work

Screening the habitat function of biochar-amended vineyard soils at field plot-scale, based on invertebrate avoidance behaviour

A review on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons distribution in freshwater ecosystems and their toxicity to benthic fau

Changes of the aerodynamic characteristics of a flux site after an extensive windthrow

Prediction, validation, and uncertainties of a nation-wide post-fire soil erosion risk assessment in Portugal

Post-fire regeneration traits of understorey shrub species modulate successional responses to high severity fire in Mediterranean pine forests

Biochar Increases Water Use Efficiency in Eucalypt Plants Under Water and Nutrient Limitation, with Trade-Offs Under Non-limiting Conditio

Instalation of sediment fences on burnt areas

research history

In Progress






Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM)

Department of Environment and Planning

University of Aveiro

3810-185 Aveiro





ESP team 2017