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Book coverA revolta da natureza em brimsa 

Vanda's second book deals with key concepts, natural capital and ecosystem services. The characters are school friends who are caught up in a growing web of unprecedented and frightening phenomena. It all starts with a strange message "I trade time and assets for the well-being of the town and the environment". Can Nature be bought? at what price? And how is it paid for? The story mixes fantasy with concern for our planet, where climate change is certainly a reality. It introduces the concepts of ecosystem services and natural capital and makes the reader think about the difference between science and pseudoscience, and the need to distinguish between observations and fake news.
Portuguese version (pdf)

Book coverA menina que via o mar de várias cores

A children's book about a girl who could see the sea with different colours by Vanda Brotas.
Portuguese version (in print)
Front cover of book with a girl and a sea bird with a colourful coastal landscape

The girl who could see different colours in the sea

English version 
(download, PDF, 6MB)



Ocean colour video

Watch Vanda Brotas, PORTWIMS Project Coordinator, speaking at the Climate from Space Conference about the ESA Ocean Colour Climate Change Initiative (OC-CCI) project and the importance of measuring ocean colour and its role as an essential climate variable.


PORTWIMS brochure

A new brochure has been created for the project to help raise awareness of its aims and objectives to external groups and colleagues. The brochure can be downloaded here or copies can be requested from the Plymouth Marine Laboratory communication team by emailing

The brochure includes a new graphic to demonstrate the focus of the project.


Training materials from the Ecosystems Services workshop, January 2020


Training materials from the marine phytoplankton diversity summer school, 2019

PORTWIMS Newsletter

Download past issues of the PORTWIMS Newsletter.

Issue 12: September 2022
Issue 11: May 2022
Issue 10: December 2021
Issue 9: July 2021
Issue 8: April 2021
Issue 7: December 2020
Issue 6: July 2020
Issue 5: March 2020
Issue 4: November 2019
Issue 3: July 2019
Issue 2: March 2019
Issue 1: December 2018

PORTWIMS Publications

Cereja, R., Brotas, V., Cruz, J.P.C., Rodrigues, M., Brito, A.C. 2021. Tidal and physicochemical effects on phytoplankton community variability at Tagus Estuary (Portugal). Frontiers in Marine Science. doi:10.3389/fmars.2021.675699

Guerreiro, C.V., Baumann, K.-H., Brummer, G.-J.A., Valente, A., Fischer, G., Ziveri, P., Brotas, V., Stuut, J.-B.W. 2021. Carbonate fluxes by coccolithophore species between NW Africa and the Caribbean: Implications for the biological carbon pump. Limnology and Oceanography. doi:10.1002/lno.11872

Vilhena, J.C.E., Amorim, A., Ribeiro, L., Duarte, B., Pombo, B., 2021. Baseline study of trace element concentrations in sediments of the intertidal zone of Amazonian oceanic beaches. Frontiers in Marine Science. doi:10.3389/fmars.2021.671390

Ferreira, A., Costa, R.R., Dotto, T.S., Kerr, R., Tavano, V.M., Brito, A.C., Brotas, V., Secchi, E.R., Mendes, C.R.B. 2020. Changes in phytoplankton communities along the northern Antarctic Peninsula: causes, impacts and research priorities. Frontiers in Marine Science. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.576254

Lisboa, F., Brotas, V., Santas, F.D., Kuikka, S., Kaikkonen, L., Maeda, E. 2020. Spatial variability and detection levels for chlorophyll-a estimates in high latitude lakes using Landsat imagery. Remote Sensing, 12(18), 2898. doi: 10.3390/rs12182898

Martinez-Vicente, V., Kurekin, A., Sa, C., Brotas, V., Amorim, A., Veloso, V., Lin, J., Miller, P. 2020 Sensitivity of a satellite algorithm for harmful algal bloom discrimination to the use of laboratory bio-optical data for training learning algorithm with bio-optical laboratory data. Frontiers in Marine Science. doi:10.3389/fmars.2020.582960

Santos, M., Moita, M.T., Oliveira, P.B., Amorim, A. 2021. Phytoplankton communities in two wide-open bays in the Iberian upwelling system. Journal of Sea Research. doi:10.1016/j.seares.2020.101982

Santos, M., Mouriño, H., Moita, M.T., Silva, A., Amorim, A., Oliveira, P.B. 2020. Characterizing pytoplankton biomass seasonal cycles in two NE Atlantic coastal bays. Coastal Shelf Research. doi:10.1016/j.csr.2020.104200


EU banner with the words: 'Co-funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union'
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 810139.

Partner Institutes

Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)
Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon (FC.ID)
Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)



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Edificio C1,
Piso 3,
Lisbon 1749 016,


Prof Vanda BrotasProf Vanda Brotas
Project Coordinator


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