The circumnavigation voyage commanded by Ferdinand Magellan, from 1519, was the first complete voyage around the globe, whose cultural heritage and heritage relevance remain to this day. The celebrations of its V Centennial are the object of Council of Ministers Resolution no. 24/2017, and its program, contained in Council of Ministers Resolution no. 52/2018, includes a research and innovation program in areas associated with circumnavigation.
Having as a reference the circumnavigation voyage and its conceptual framework of discovery of the land and the oceans, of interaction with peoples and cultures and of the natural world and biological wealth, we intend to project it into the future, developing new knowledge in several thematic areas in a perspective of scientific multidisciplinarity and contributing to the R&D agenda in "Atlantic Interactions" including:
- Earth observation and knowledge: knowing and monitoring the oceans, land masses, atmosphere and near space; developing and applying innovative technologies, including the development and use of space technologies, for systematic measurements; data processing and analysis, data science, and modeling and forecasting systems, integrating climate change, energy, ocean and earth science, with emphasis on systems involving Atlantic interactions.
- Climate and climate change: integrated study of the interactions atmosphere, ocean, land and space, and their effects on climate, meteorology and their dynamics; data acquisition, analysis, processing and dissemination of data and development of integrated models, particularly for the Atlantic regions.
- Sustainable cities, mobility and socio-cultural interactions: research on the science, planning and engineering of cities and inter-city networks, integrating energy use, transport and mobility systems, connectivity networks and quality of life; multiculturalism and demographic, population and socio-cultural dynamics.
- Biodiversity and biological resources: research on the dynamics of biological resources in relation to climate and pollution; ecosystems and biodiversity; systems for data acquisition, monitoring and modeling; application of forms of data science to the sustainability of productive systems, including fisheries, agriculture and bio-industries; intelligent systems for the use and valorization of natural resources.
FCT has thus created an R&D Program for research in these thematic areas, as part of the program to commemorate the V Centenary of the Circum-Navigation Voyage.