for Systems, Instrumentation and Modeling in Science and Technology for
Space and the Environment (SIM)
ICSEO (Astronomy & Instrumentation) and CCIAM (Climate Change)
groups have moved to new Centers:
members are now the SIM-group at CENTRA.
Laboratory for Systems, Instrumentation and Modeling in Science and
Technology for Space and the Environment (SIM), is a research center
established in 2003, associated with the Faculty of Sciences of the
University of Lisbon (FCUL) and funded by "Fundação para a Ciência e a
Tecnologia" thought its "Programa de Financiamento Plurianual".
SIM laboratory had two research groups (ICSEO and CCIAM) that includes
researchers from the University of Lisbon and the Faculty of Engineering
of the University of Porto (FEUP) that provide the facilities,
infrastructure and technical collaboration to accomplish our research
from of the development of CAMCAO, an infrared camera for demonstrating
the feasibility of multi-conjugate adaptive optics (MCAO) systems. The
camera was totally developed in Portugal under the coordination of what
became ICSEO. It was part of a larger European collaboration for
developing the first MCAO system for the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT).
ICSEO expertise in instrumentation (mechanics, vacuum, cryogenics, optics,
electronics) is now deployed in two major projects: the GRAVITY
acquisition camera for the VLTI and the space project MAGDRIVE. ICSEO is
also developing the opto-mechanics that will deliver the light of the 4
VLT telescopes to the ESPRESSO spectrograph.
expertise in data analysis and the in-house computing infrastructure
created the momentum for joining the Data Processing and Analysis
Consortium (DPAC) for the ESA Gaia mission. We also undertake signal
processing activities related to image reconstruction in optical
interferometry and PSF estimation in adaptive optics systems.
In astrophysics our focus is on Galactic astrophysics, namely on star and
planet formation, stellar clusters, stellar variability and on the
structure and evolution of the Milky Way.
conduct interface research between climate and space. Highlights include
participation in the CLOUD experiment and EARTHSHINE project as well as
the development of sophisticated visualization tools.
been involved in several projects in the domains of climate change impact
assessment, adaptation and mitigation strategies and development of
downscaled climate scenarios.
The group brings together scientists from several disciplines who conduct
trans-disciplinary research on both a national and international level.
group’s objectives fall within five main domains:
assessment: to conduct pioneering research on climate change impacts at
local, national, and international levels on water resources, coastal
zones, forests, biodiversity, agriculture, public health, tourism,
energy demand, and transports;
- Adaptation: to
contribute towards national and global research on adaptation to climate
- Networking: to
establish national and international networks in our research areas;
to disseminate information on climate change impacts, adaptation and
mitigation to stakeholders at all levels.