The project ESTRELA - ‘Geomorphological and biophysical processes and landscape units in Mediterranean mountains: the case study of Serra da Estrela (1999-2001) (PRAXIS/C/CTE/11153/1998)’started in October 1999 and is coordinated by António de Brum Ferreira (Centro de Estudos Geográficos, University of Lisbon).

 

It is an interdisciplinary approach joining geomorphologists, climatologists and botanists. In the framework of the project several data loggers measuring air, soil and rock temperature were installed in the upper areas of the Estrela range. An assessment of the relationships between air, soil and rock temperatures and a better understanding of the present-day periglacial phenomena are expected outputs. A meteorological station was also installed in the top of the mountain at 1993 m asl. and is now fully operational. More details about the project can be found at http://www.ceg.ul.pt/proj_estrela.

From January to March 2000, Gonçalo Teles Vieira participated in the Spanish Antarctic Campaign in Livingston and Deception Islands (South Shetlands) in the framework of the project RADIANTAR-2001, coordinated by Miguel Ramos Saínz (Department of Physics, University of Alcalá de Henares, Spain). The research focused on detailed geomorphological mapping (with special emphasis on periglacial activity), meteorological data collection (automatic monitoring of air temperature, relative humidity, wind, soil temperatures and radiation budget) and drilling in the active layer and permafrost. Data from this and other campaigns are being integrated in a GIS for spatial analysis.

A report synthesising the results from the research on the Pleistocene glaciation of the Serra do Gerês (Northwest Portugal) was published in late 1999. Relict periglacial landforms and deposits and their relationship with glacial evidence were also analysed (Ferreira, A. B.; Vidal-Romani, J. R.; Zêzere, J. L.; Rodrigues, M. L. 1999 - ‘A glaciação plistocénica da serra do Gerês’. Vestígios geomorfológicos e Rnº 37, 150p. - in Portuguese with English abstract)

Gonçalo Teles Vieira (gtvieira@ceg.ul.pt)