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Hydraulics and Environment Department Hydraulics and Environment Department

Maria do Céu Almeida

Maria do Céu Almeida
Phone: 218 443 627

Professional Situation

Researcher LNEC/DHA/NES

Academic and Scientific Degrees

  • Habilitation (Agregado) in Civil Engineering, IST, 2019.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, London, 1999.
  • Master in Operations research and systems engineering, IST, 1992.
  • "Licenciada” (5-year degree) in Civil Engineering (Hydraulics), IST, 1987.

Functions and Relevant Public Offices

  • Since 2010-09 Researcher at NES/DHA, at LNEC research team since 1987.
  • Since 2005-09, lecturer in Resilience and risk management in tourism at ESHTE.
  • 2001-09 to 2006-02, lecturer in Urban water systems, Civil Engineering at ESTB/IPS.
  • 1985-03 to 1990-09 Lecturer in Applied hydraulics I, Civil Engineering at ISEL.

Areas of Research / Interest

  • Integrated management of urban water cycle, including water cycle safety planning, management of risks derived from climate change, efficient use of water, naturalization of the urban water cycle.
  • Management of urban water systems: Infrastructure asset management, systems modelling and analysis (quantity and quality) of water supply and wastewater and storm water systems, minimization of undue inflows, water losses control, inspection and monitoring of systems, performance assessment of urban water services.
  • Resilience, risk management, reliability: applied to urban water systems, including multirisk and multisector approaches.

Research and Professional Activity

  • Applied research, development and innovation in urban water systems, has been responsible researcher or team participant in more than 90 research projects, national and European in the above mentioned areas of work. Projects include:
  • [2020 – 2024] H2020 BWatersmart: Accelerating Water Smartness in Coastal Europe
  • [2018 – 2021] EMPIR EMUE: Advancing measurement uncertainty  ̶  comprehensive examples for key international standards
  • [2019 – 2021] iAFLUI 2019: Iniciativa nacional para o controlo de afluências indevidas

Scientific Orientation

Supervisor of 6 PhD students and of 22 master dissertations in collaboration with IST, FCT/UNL, IGOT, ESHTE, ESTB/IPS, ESDRM/IPS and Universidade Lusófona.

Relevant Publications

  • Martins, L., Almeida, M.C., Ribeiro, A.S. (2020). Optical metrology applied in CCTV inspection in drain and sewer systems, Acta IMEKO, vol. 9 (1), article 4.
  • Cardoso, M.A., Brito, R.S., Almeida, M.C. (2020). Approach to develop a climate change resilience assessment framework. H2Open J. 3 (1) 77–88. doi: 10.2166/h2oj.2020.003.
  • Almeida, M.C., Telhado, M.J., Morais, M., Barreiro, J., Lopes, R. (2020). Urban Resilience to Flooding: Triangulation of Methods for Hazard Identification in Urban Areas. Sustainability 12 (6) 2227. doi: 10.3390/su12062227.
  • Cardoso, M.A., Almeida, M.C., Brito, R.S., Gomes, J., Beceiro, P., Oliveira, A. (2020). 1D/2D stormwater modelling to support urban flood risk management in estuarine areas: hazard assessment in the Dafundo case study. J. of Flood Risk Management 2020, 15 pp. doi: 10.1111/jfr3.12663.
  • Tscheikner-Gratl, F., Caradot, N., Cherqui, F., Leitão, J.P., Ahmadi, M., Langeveld, J.G, Le Gat, Y., Scholten, L., Roghani, B., Rodríguez, J.P., Lepot, M., Stegeman, B., Heinrichsen, A., Kropp, I., Kerres, K., Almeida, M.C. et al. (2019). Sewer asset management – state of the art and research needs. Urban Water Journal, 16 (9) 662-675, doi: 10.1080/1573062X.2020.17133822018.
  • Cabral, M., Loureiro, D., Almeida, M.C., Covas, D. (2019). Estimation of costs for monitoring urban water and wastewater networks. J. of Wat. Sup.: Res. & Tech.: Aqua 68 (2), 87–97. doi: 10.2166/aqua.2019.043.
  • Almeida, M.C., Brito, R.S., Cardoso, M.A. (2018). Approach to assess and control inflows into sewers. Ed: J. Matos, M.J. Rosa. Sanitation approaches and solutions and the sustainable development goals. ISBN 978-972-98996-9-0 Lisbon: ERSAR.
  • Beceiro, P., Almeida, M.C., Matos, J. (2017). Numerical modelling of air-water flows in sewer drops. Wat. Sci. & Tech. 76 (3) 642-651, doi: 10.2166/wst.2017.246.
  • Brito, R.S., Almeida, M.C., Matos, J.S. (2017). Estimating flow data in urban drainage using partial least squares regression. Urban Water Journal 14 (5), 467-474. doi: 10.1080/1573062X.2016.1177099.
  • Cardoso, M. A., Almeida, M.C., Silva, M.S. (2016). Sewer asset management planning – implementation of a structured approach in wastewater utilities. Urb. Wat. J. 13 (1), 15-27. doi: 10.1080/ 1573062X.2015.1076859.
  • Cardoso, M. A., Silva, M.S., Poças, A., Ribeiro. R., Almeida, M.C., Brito, R. S., Coelho, S. T., Alegre, H. (2016). Innovation results of IAM planning in urban water services. Wat. Sci. & Tech. 74 (7), 1518-1526, doi: 10.2166/wst.2016.291.
  • Almeida, M.C., Vieira, P., Smeets, P. (2014). Extending the water safety plan concept to the urban water cycle. Wat. Pol. 16 (2014) 298–322. doi: 10.2166/wp.2013.137.
  • Carriço, N., Covas, D., Alegre, H., Almeida, M.C. (2014). How to assess the effectiveness of energy management processes in water supply systems. J. Wat. Sup.: Res. & Tech.: AQUA 01/2014, 63 (5):342-349. doi:10.2166/aqua.2014.094.
  • Leitão, J. P., Almeida, M.C., Simões, N. E., Martins, A. (2013). Methodology for qualitative urban flooding risk assessment. Wat. Sci. & Tech., 68 (4), 829-838. DOI: 10.2166/wst.2013.310.

Other scientific and technical Activities

Member of CEN TC 165/WG 22; CEN TC/WG 13; CT 90; CT 180; CT 195.

Other Information

Chartered civil engineer (Portuguese Order of Engineers), Specialist in Sanitary Engineering. Prizes:
  • Prémio Manuel Rocha in 2001, LNEC, Lisbon
  • 1999 Unwin Postgraduate Prize in Civil Engineering, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, United Kingdom

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