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Paul do Martinhal, in Sagres, receives the research project TSUNASTORM, a scientific initiative that results from the international collaboration between the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Coimbra, and the University of Poznan, in Poland, and aims at the characterization of sedimentary deposits caused by tsunamis and storms, allowing to differentiate them through the pioneering use of DNA analysis on molecules deposited in the lithostratigraphic column, making it possible to understand, in a more rigorous way, the impacts, extension and morphodynamic consequences of these events and clearly determine your payback periods.
The investigation campaign that will take place between the 14th and 23rd of September 2021, in the alluvial area of Martinhal, involves the collection of sediment samples along the top of the sedimentary column, with minimal disturbance and sediments immediately reset. The works are duly authorized by the competent authorities, namely the Portuguese Environment Agency and the Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina Natural Park.
The project has the support of the Municipality of Vila do Bispo, under a collaboration protocol existing since October 2014, opportunely ratified between the Municipality and the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, a document which, in its Clause 1, is expressed: “The main object of this protocol is the development of cooperation activities and the sharing of knowledge and data, which reinforce the mutual interests of the two institutions, namely in the characterization of the geology and geomorphology of the Municipality of Vila do Bispo, in particular, applied to the identification and characterization of occurrences of natural hazards, associated with local or regional seismicity”.