ReACT – Risk assessment in Fildes Peninsula: improving knowledge towards environmental protection ACTions in the Antarctica


Joana Luísa Lourenço Estevinho Pereira


PROPOLAR 2016-2017 - Programa Polar Português


20/02/2018 - 31/12/2019

Funding for CESAM

4000 €

Total Funding

4000 €

Participating Institutions

  • Universidade do Porto
  • Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Universidade de Lisboa

However, the integration of chemical assessment (environmental burden), ecological data (effects in the biota) and ecotoxicological evidences (cause-effect relationships) is still scarce. This project intends to apply a structured Environmental Risk Assessment framework collecting data from and integrating these three lines of evidence to the Fildes Peninsula, which has been highlighted as a hotspot of trace-element (TE) contamination. Soil, freshwater and coastal sediments will be assessed for their TE burden, for biodiversity and functions they can support, and for their toxic effects in indicator species. An effective contribution to environmental protection/management actions in the Antarctica is envisioned through the final delivery of GIS-based risk maps, which will allow a robust support to further decision making in this context.