Project 2015/2020

Regional impact

CGeo builds from its past research but also from the current European and national needs. The priority of economic growth, within a sustainable and inclusive framework, is addressed by both the geographical and the problem solving levels of intervention.

Human capital reinforcement, namely through PhD and Master programs, plays a major role in CGeo strategy, and the very wide scope of students recruiting (in all continents) also contributes to form new human resources that will keep a strong link with Portugal once going back to their home countries. The identification of several regional projects also contributes for territorial development and, in particular, for territorial cohesion in the Centre region of Portugal (e.g. geological knowledge education, geoparks, heritage charts or integrated landscape management assessments).

CGeo also pays attention to the Future Earth challenges and to the new road for sustainability as discussed in Rio+20. The notion of an uncertain future is crucial for guiding research in the years to come, combining applied research with fundamental, long lasting, research. In this context, CGeo agrees that social needs within specific territories is one less uncertain based, and this is why it adopted the plan of implementation as stated. Research of CGeo also meets the specific options of CRER and of its regional targets. Major contributions from CGeo are to be expected in the priorities related to research and innovation (patents and models), climatic changes and energy (onshore and offshore energetic resources, namely hydrocarbonates; underground hydric resources; past human adaptations) and education (with research degrees but also collaboration with schools and international initiatives for the dissemination of science).

CGeo research also impact on employment (geotechnologies implying human skills, support for new private companies dealing with natural resources) and poverty (e.g. life quality in the prevention of landslides, heritage parks or research performed in less developed countries). The research aims of CGeo directly contribute to the regional priorities of territorial cohesion (e.g. identity of the territories, geoparks, geotourism, identification of natural and cultural hotspots, priority given to the underwater archaeological survey in the region, integrated landscape management), infra-structures rationalization (CGeo being an example of collaborative integration, that in fact also includes several other non-research resources such as museums – MAP, MNA – public and private consortia – CIMT, Nersant,… – other research units – IICT, ITN – etc.). CGeo also contributes, due to its several regional projects, for the internationalization of the region. Thus, CGeo will contribute for resources characterization within climatic and environmental changes, contributing for economic growth through innovation and knowledge socialization.