Daniela Figueiredo
CITAQUA2.0 – A Citizen Science approach for groundwater quality monitoring at the urban areas of Baixo Vouga Lagunar
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 CITAQUA2.0 project aims to go further with the Citizen Science approach developed during the pilot project CITAQUA. This time, the monitoring will target a much wider geographical area, including the municipalities of Estarreja, Murtosa and Albergaria. The wells/boreholes of the urban areas of Baixo Vouga Lagunar will be sampled and water quality parameters such as temperature, conductivity, pH and nitrate/nitrite levels will be assessed by citizens fortnightly, making use of the CITAQUA2.0 app. Faecal contamination will be also determined in order to contextualize the water samples concerning chemical and biological parameters. As proven by the pilot project, CITAQUA2.0 is expected to increase awareness about water quality and impacts from climate change and anthropogenic activities on groundwater quality, by connecting academic scientists with local authorities and citizens, with a special focus on youth (by direct involvement of schools).
Projet OHMs
OHM(s) concerné(s)
  • Estarreja
Biogéochimie, Géoréférencement, Santé publique


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.


* Videos production for Youth on Climate Change


Carla Patinha graduated in Geological Engineering by the University of Aveiro (UA) in 1994, completed the M.Sc. degree in Geochemistry by UA in 1997, and finished her PhD degree in Geosciences by the UA in 2002.
Since 2001 she assuming the management of the geochemistry and hydrochemistry laboratories at Geosciences Department of the University of Aveiro as technician. She is researcher of GEOBIOTEC - GeoBioSciences, GeoTechnologies and GeoEngineering research unit. Since 2009 she integrates the Bioaccessibility Research Group of Europe (BARGE) and she participated in the 2nd BARGE inter-laboratory trial that is being carried out to validate the Unified Bioaccessibility Method (UBM). She is a member of the OHM-Estarreja (financed by Labex DRIIHM and the Réseau des Observatoire Hommes-Millieux - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (ROHM-CNRS)). She was a member of the Organizing Committee of International Symposium of Environmental Geochemistry (ISEG), held on Aveiro University in 2012, and also a member of the Organizing Committee of MEDGEO’15 (Medical Geology conference), held on Aveiro University in 2015. Her research activities are: applied hydrogeochemistry to the mineral exploration resources, environmental geochemistry and health, urban geochemistry and public health, medical geology, data analysis, spatial modelling, geostatistics and GIS applied to the exploration of mineral resources, hazard and environmental risk assessments in environmental complex systems. Presently research interests include human bioaccessibility, solid-phase distribution of potentially harmful elements to human health, and the study of environmental geochemical records: climate changes and human activities.
Orcid code: 0000-0001-6006-344X
Luís Jorge
Luís Jorge Gonçalves is a Geological Engineer, specialized in Georeferenced Information Systems (GIS). For the past two decades, he has been a full-time professor at ESTGA (Escola Superior de Teconologia e Gestão de Águeda), which belongs to the University of Aveiro (Portugal). He has been also involved in several projects related to GIS, namely within international consortia. He also was born in Estarreja and knows well the study region.
Carla Coelho has graduated in Biology by the University of Aveiro, in 1999, following a master degree in Hydrobiology by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto, in 2005. Since 2006, she has been working at the Water and Soil Unit, Environmental Health Department, Instituto Nacional de Saúde Doutor Ricardo Jorge, where she remains. Her laboratory performs several microbiological analyses in water samples from different sources. Particular focus has been given to the coastal and inland water quality for recreational purposes. Over the past decade, she has also collaborated in several research projects, namely with University of Aveiro, on freshwater quality topics. She has been asked to go to several conferences and seminars as an invited speaker.
Deolinda Brito Tavares is an experient phylosophy teacher at the Agrupamento de Escolas de Estarreja (AEE). She is the project coordinator at the AEE. This AEE involves 8 organic units from pre-school to secondary level.
Diamantino Sabina is the Mayor of Estarreja Municipality. He is a lawyer and has a long background experience in local management, including environmental issues related to Estarreja region.
Joaquim Baptista is the Mayor of Murtosa municipality. He has graduated in Agriculture Production and has a strong background on agriculture management and rural development. Moreover, he has been the vice-president of the Intermunicipality Cummunity of the Aveiro Region.
Manuel Arcêncio is the director of the Agrupamento de Escolas da Murtosa. He is a professor of Portuguese and has a long background on educational projects' management.