The Centre for Marine and Environmental Research (CIMA) is a leading, multi-disciplinary research unit funded by the research foundation of Portugal (FCT). CIMA is situated near the Ria Formosa coastal lagoon, in south Portugal. The mission of CIMA is to promote scientific knowledge and innovation in marine and environmental areas to ensure sustainable, integrated and smart development, in the context of climatic action, sustainable ecosystems and environmental resources.
CIMA aims at enhancing efficient usage of terrestrial, coastal and marine (including deep sea) ecosystems to promote sustainable economic development, job creation and social cohesion. CIMA also aims to contribute to the understanding, prevention and mitigation of regional and global changes and associated natural risks. This task involves not only scientific expertise, but also the ability to transmit knowledge to society and to boost the economy.