Caniçal, Madeira Island, Portugal
MARE - Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre is a Centre for research, technological development and innovation in Portugal, with several research units across the country (mainland and islands). This Centre has an integrative and holistic approach, concentrating a wide diversity of expertise, skills, and capabilities, with a nationwide territorial implementation, that develops its activities oriented to societal challenges, in close partnership with national and international research centres.
The Madeira unit of MARE - Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre (MARE-Madeira), which includes researchers and technicians with different scientific background and affiliations, has a recent operational and technical facility for marine related research established within the scope of a cooperation agreement between MARE and Quinta do Lorde Hotel and Resort.
The facility at Quinta do Lorde Marina, hosts a research team with broad interests and formal training in marine biology, community ecology, habitat mapping, marine biogeography and invasion biology and their research is focused primarily on marine benthic communities. In addition to field surveys and experiments, researchers can also conduct experimental trials in this facility, which is currently equipped with a mesocosm system (MOSS – Marine Organisms Stress Simulator) designed to test key questions in marine ecology and biology.
The conceptual scientific approach of this team is to combine field surveys and experiments, namely, the use of imagery and photogrammetry approaches for habitat mapping and assessment, mesocosm experimentation focusing on the interplay between biological invasions, climate change and stress ecology and rigorous statistical analysis in the study of complex relations between marine biota and influencing factors.