MARE is a centre for research, technological development and innovation, with a nationwide territorial implementation, that develops its activities oriented to societal challenges, in close partnership with national and international research centres. MARE combines expertise allowing approaching scientifically and technologically all types of aquatic systems, from river basins and associated landscapes, to estuaries, coastal, and large marine ecosystems.


The Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere, I. P. (IPMA, IP), is a public institution with responsibilities at national territory level in the areas of the sea and atmosphere. Focusing its research efforts on projects that accrue to direct applications for use in operating activities, pursuing continuous improvement in the information made available to its users whether for commercial use or public service and in particular directed to the safeguard of people and property.


The primary mission of the Portuguese Hydrographic Institute (IH) is to ensure all activities related to marine sciences and technology, from the point of view of military applications, and to contribute to the country’s development of science and preservation of the marine environment. Its goal is to be a reference research centre for the knowledge of the sea.


Dedicated to R&D in marine sciences, CCMAR aims to promote multidisciplinary research and education related with the marine environment, with emphasis on the processes of environmental change that affect marine ecosystems. This includes understanding the causes and consequences of these environmental changes and developing approaches to conserve and unlock the potential of living marine resources.


The┬ámission of CESAM – Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies is to develop leading international research on environmental sciences and related risks, including extreme weather events and climate change, with emphasis on complex socio-ecological coastal systems and marine areas. The main objective of CESAM is to promote a more efficient use of terrestrial and aquatic (from catchment to the deep sea) environmental resources and a more competitive, resilient and sustainable economy, designed to endorse job creation and assure territorial and social cohesion.