Daniela Figueiredo
Luís Jorge Gonçalves; Diamantino Sabina; Carla Coelho; Deolinda Brito Tavares
CITAQUA – A Citizen Science approach for freshwater quality monitoring at Estarreja city
Climate change is enhancing the effects of anthropogenic pollution, leading to severe impacts on inland water systems and posing risks to human health. Therefore, adaptation and mitigation actions for these major challenges related to water quality are crucial but must start involving local populations in the decision-making processes. Citizen science approaches can be a powerful tool for engaging citizens and scientists for a same purpose through a responsible and conscious action, taking advantage of recent technology.

The CITAQUA project is a Citizen Science approach for Estarreja population through the monitoring of the downstream section of Antuã River and wells/boreholes from the surrounding areas, concerning nitrates and faecal contamination, two important water quality problems at this region. CITAQUA is expected to increase awareness about water quality and impacts from climate change and anthropogenic activities, by connecting academic scientists with local authorities and citizens (with a special focus on Youth).
Projet OHMs
OHM(s) concerné(s)
  • OHM Estarreja
Géoréférencement, Hydrologie, Santé publique, Sociologie


Daniela Figueiredo has a PhD in Biology since 2010. After 8 years of post-doc research in Microbial Ecology, she is presently a researcher at the University of Aveiro (CESAM – Centre for Marine and Environmental Studies). Her main research areas include Natural Sciences (Earth and Environmental Sciences) and Biological Sciences. Nevertheless, in parallel, she has also carried out several Environmental Education actions and coordinated projects regarding Science Communication and Citizen Science, all topics that have always been of interest to her. She has participated in the production of several science videos for Youth. Her research path has resulted in 21 papers published in ISI journals (most with relevant impact factors in their research areas and reaching a total of 771 citations, with a h-hindex of 11 - Scopus), with over 40 co-authors. Other publications such as books and book chapters (11) and conference proceedings (4) and communications (72) are also worth mentioning. Daniela is natural from Estarreja, where she was born and grew up just 1000 m away from the industrial complex perimeter. She still lives in Estarreja nowadays, which makes her part of the local reality.



Brito Tavares
Deolinda Brito Tavares is an experient phylosophy teacher at the Agrupamento de Escolas de Estarreja (AEE). She is the projects' coordinator at the AEE. This AEE involves 8 organic units (Escola Secundária de Estarreja; Escola EB 2/3 Prof. Dr. Egas Moniz;Escola Básica Padre Donaciano de Abreu Freire; Escola Básica da Congosta; Escola Básica do Mato; Escola Básica de Cabeças; Escola Básica de Pinheiro; Escola Básica Visconde de Salreu) from pre-school to secondary level.
- See more at: http://www.aeestarreja.pt/agrupamento/unidades-organicas/#sthash.N5nJ94zn.dpuf