Paula Marinho
Gaël Le Roux
DIGSOIL - Digital geochemical soil mapping in the areas of Estarreja, Vicdessos, Gardanne and Marseille: georeferenced stacking layers of geochemical mapping integrating environmental, urban planning, ecological and health data
The main aim of the project is to carry out a systematic geochemical soil mapping in the areas of Estarreja, Vicdessos, Gardanne and Marseille. Geochemical soil mapping is needed in order to understand the sources, transport, transformations, and fate (including human and ecosystem health) of chemical constituents in the settings of the different Observatoires Hommes-Milieux (OHMs). Geochemical soil maps will be produced by the regional interpolation of element concentration data obtained from samples collected from georeferenced sites and the digital soil maps (DSM) will be made publicly available on the Internet to potential end-users. Elemental concentrations in the soil will be determined using a field-portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (FPXRF). Given the multiplicity of anthropogenic sources that are characteristic of urban and industrial environments under study, isotopic studies will be carried out for tracing and quantifying mixed sources of certain potentially toxic elements (PTEs) in soils.
Projet Post-Doctoral
OHM(s) concerné(s)
  • OHM Bassin Minier de Provence
  • Estarreja
  • Haut-Vicdessos
  • Littoral Méditerranéen
Biogéochimie, Chimie, Géologie, Géoréférencement, Géospatialisation, Pédologie


Paula Marinho is a researcher at the Universidade de Aveiro (UA). She graduated in Geological Engineering at the UA in 1990 and obtained her PhD degree in Geosciences at the same university in 1997.
Paula Marinho main areas of scientific activity are data analysis, geostatistics, spatial
modelling, environmental geochemistry and health, and urban geochemistry.
In 2011, Paula Marinho started carrying out research within the OHM-network where she has been collaborating in multidisciplinary studies with OHMs such as Estarreja, BMP, LitMed and Haut Vicdessos. The results achieved have been largely disseminated through papers in peer-reviewed journals, conferences, and seminars.