Biologist José Guerreiro is the new president of the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA), replacing geophysicist Miguel Miranda, who retired, the entity announced this Thursday in its portal.
With a PhD in Ecology and Biosystematics from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL), where he is a professor with aggregation in marine sciences, José Guerreiro began his duties today as president of IPMA.
José Guerreiro was Secretary of State for the Environment in the first socialist government of António Guterres, between 1995 and 1999, overseeing the then Institute of Meteorology, the Institute for Nature Conservation and the Institute for Environmental Promotion (Ipamb).
The professor was also general director of the Environment and president of Ipamb.
Currently, José Guerreiro is a member of the National Council for the Environment and Sustainable Development and the National Council of the Order of Biologists, of which he was chairman.
The IPMA highlights how José Guerreiro’s “main areas of interest” “the policy and governance of the environment and the sea, nature conservation and environmental management”.
Geophysicist Miguel Miranda, who chaired the IPMA for 10 years, retired last Friday at a ceremony that took place at FCUL, where he gave his last class.
IPMA is one of eight state laboratories and is supervised by the Ministries of Economy and Sea and of Agriculture and Food.
The list of functions of the institute includes forecasts and warnings about the state of the weather, forecasts about the state of the sea, monitoring of climate and seismic activity, monitoring of biotoxins in bivalves, the ultraviolet index and the danger of fire.
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