norterocks

Fine scale mapping, modeling and quantification of thermal habitat in rocky shore ecosystems.

Assessing the thermal dynamics of rocky shores in Northern Portugal

How it’s done
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Map the rocky shores micro-topography

First the team will assemble a continuous digital elevation model covering more than 100 kms (from Espinho to Moledo), which will provide a view of the 3D structure of rocky shores with unprecedented scope and detail, in northern Portugal and elsewhere.

First the team will assemble a continuous digital elevation model covering more than 100 kms (from Espinho to Moledo), which will provide a view of the 3D structure of rocky shores with unprecedented scope and detail, in northern Portugal and elsewhere.

3D mapping of more than 100km of rocky shores

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Optimize a land-surface model

Next we will simulate land-atmosphere interaction processes using the NCAR's Noah Land-Surface model, which will be implemented with modifications to better incorporate the effect of tidal inundation on bare rock thermal dynamics along with the effects of rocky shore.

Once properly optimized, the new LSM will be used to downscale gridded environmental variables (typically collected remotely by satellites) to the scale of the digital elevation model previously obtained.

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Collect temperature data

To validate the output of the LSM we will deploy a vast network of temperature loggers on sun-exposed and shaded microhabitat along the entire study area.

We will also extend the collection of in-situ temperature beyond that area (from Peniche to A Coruña) to capture boundary conditions.

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Assess the thermal microhabitat distribution

Once properly validated, we will feed the LSM with the ECMWF’s ERA5 hourly reanalysis dataset to build a retrospective assessment of the distribution of thermal microhabitats in northern Portugal’s rocky shores.

We are especially interested in understanding if and how the spatial distribution of cool microhabitats has been changing over the past decades, and whether those changes match intertidal biodiversity records.

Where

Portuguese Coast

To validate the output of the LSM we will deploy a vast network of temperature loggers on sun-expose.

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Devices installed

Going across all the Atlantic in the future

Behind the project
Rui Seabra
Project Leader
Fernando Lima
Project Co-Leader

A tireless team

To validate the output of the LSM we will deploy a vast network of temperature loggers on sun-exposed.To validate the output of the LSM

To validate the output of the LSM we will deploy a vast network of temperature loggers.
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