Sónia Cristina

What is the aim of your PhD Research? The main objective is the study of the features of the ocean colour spectral signatures near Sagres in the southwest coast of Portugal using remote sensing data acquired by ocean colour sensor Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS).
What is the most appealing part of your PhD? The most appealing part is to know that my study can give a contribution in the assessment of retrieved data from ocean colour sensors that can be used for management the water quality in coastal and marine waters.
How will your thesis contribute to DEVOTES project? My thesis will assess the uncertainties associated with remote sensing products that is one of the innovative monitoring techniques mentioned in the WP5 and also can provide data for environmental indicators.
What do you consider your most important accomplishment here so far?  We published in March 2014 a paper about the in situ validation of MERIS marine reflectance off the southwest Iberian Peninsula giving the opportunity to study the quality of data products that can be used in future for monitoring these waters, due to the economic activities in the study area.
What has been your most exciting experience in the project so far?  The fieldwork is the most exciting experience, because of the team work, the contact with nature, and the experience to test the radiometric equipments in filed that are in sometimes a challenge in sea.
What other important information about yourself would you like us to know? My background is in Oceanography and I have a master in water and coastal management. I’m being working in ocean colour remote sensing since 2006 and previously I worked on water quality and chemical oceanography. I would like that my work can contribute in water and coastal management, because I’m a mother of a lovely boy that I would like that he benefit from a healthy environment.