The Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Marine Science and Technology (PPG-ICTMar is the acronym in Portuguese) is an innovative proposal for training researchers and professionals interested in working on integrative, innovative, and transformative knowledge and technologies for sustainable development in coastal and marine areas. Coastal and marine systems are, by nature, interdisciplinary and include several topics related to the five key dimensions in Earth Science: Atmosphere, Biosphere, Lithosphere, Hydrosphere, and Anthroposphere, as shown in the figure below.
The PPG-ICTMAR aims at fostering scientific progress to promote the social integration of the academic community, and to support the transformation of society. In this way, it is intended that the impact of the products generated by academic research surpasses the university spaces, promoting the educational, cultural, social, economic, and environmental development of coastal areas.
The PPG-ICTMAR is organized according to three complementary research lines focusing on the interdisciplinary view of the Marine Sciences. Our main goals are the expansion of the frontiers of knowledge and the promotion of the development of technologies and innovations focused at natural and man-made processes in coastal and marine environments.
The first research line, called "Environmental monitoring and diagnosis in coastal and marine regions," deals with the data acquisition and evaluation of coastal and marine environments. The second research line, “Strategies for risks preventing and recovering in the coastal and marine environment,” includes projects concerning the development of strategies for the prevention of environmental impacts and the recovering of coastal and marine systems. Finally, the third research line, "Sustainable exploitation of the ecosystem resources and services in coastal and marine environments,” focuses on the development and implementation of technological strategies to manage the ecosystem resources and services in coastal and marine environments.