Between the 22nd and 25th of February the training course “Coastal Geodynamics and Ecology – “Hands on” in Ria Formosa” took place at IPMA’s Station in Tavira and Centro Ciência Viva Tavira.
For four days, 25 students from the course in “Environmental and Marine Technologies” of the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal (IPS) and the master’s degree course in Geology of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL) had a “hands-on” experience in the natural environment of Ria Formosa.
The students carried out practical activities, in the field and laboratory, on the geology and ecology of coastal environments, by observing, sampling and characterising the saltmarsh, dune and beach environments of the barrier environment of the Ria Formosa. The training course counted with the collaboration of professors from FCUL and IPS, and researchers and technicians from IPMA, including from the Research Vessels and Ocean Observatories Group.
The training course was conducted under the EDUCOAST project, funded by EEA Grants, which aims to promote nature-based education in the area of marine and coastal geosciences.