Polytechnic Institute
of Bragança



CIMO - Mountain Research Center. See video HERE


Tomás D' Aquino Freitas Rosa de Figueiredo

Coordinator Professor
Group: Socio-Ecological Systems
Phone: 273303245
ORCID: 0000-0001-7690-8996
Scopus Author ID: 54790554500


  • Since 2014: Coordinator Professor, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Bragança, Portugal
  • 1991 - 2014: Auxiliary Professor, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Bragança, Portugal
  • 1986 - 1991: Assistant Professor, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Bragança, Portugal


  • Since 2016: Editor-in-Chief of Open Agriculture special issue on Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions
  • Since 2015: President of the Supervisory Board of CIICLAA – International Climate Research Centre for Portuguese Speaking Countries and Africa (representing CIMO/ESA/IPB)
  • Since 2015: President of the General Assembly of APTRAN – Portuguese Association of Animal Traction
  • Since 2015: Deputy Member of the Supervisory Board of Riscos – Portuguese Association of Risk, Prevention and Security
  • Since 2015: Member of the Editorial Board of Revista Territorium, co-published by Riscos and Coimbra University Press
  • Since 2013: Head of CIMO Thematic Line on “Sustainability of Mountain Production Systems
  • Since 2011: Member of the National and the Regional Commissions for Combating Desertification (representing CIMO/ESA/IPB)
  • Since 2009: Member of the Scientific Committee of IPB
  • 2009 - 2010: Member of the Directory Board of CIMO and Head (PI) of CIMO Research Group on “Mountain Farming Systems”
  • 2005 - 2009: President of the General Assembly of ESA
  • Since 2003: Member of the Scientific Committee of CIMO
  • 2000 - 2004: President of the Scientific Committee of ESA
  • 1997 - 1999: Member of the Scientific Committee of IDARN – Institute for the Development of the Northern Region
  • 1996 - 1999: President of ESA
  • 1995 - 1996: Vice-President of the Pedagogical Council of ESA
  • 1995 - 1996: Vice-President of the Pedagogical Council of ESA
  • 1994 - 1995: Programme Director of BSc in Farm Production and Sustainable Agriculture
  • Since 1991: Member of the Scientific Committee of ESA
  • 1991 - 1994: Programme Director of BSc in Farm Production
  • 1987 - 1991: Head of Geosciences Scientific Area


  • 2002 - Agricultural Engineering, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), Vila Real, Portugal
  • 1984 - in Agronomic Engineering, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (ISA/UTL), Portugal

Awards and Honors

  • 2016 - CNOIV distinction, Category “Viticulture, Portuguese Commission of the OIV – International Organization for Vine and Wine
  • 1993 - Ruta de la Plata”, best poster in the XII Latin-American Congress f Soil Science, Spanish Society of Soil Science


  • Soil and water conservation and management – performance of greening technologies, animal traction farm operations, terraces and terraced areas, farm-level drainage networks
  • Water erosion processes – soil stoniness effects, surface roughness, runoff connectivity, soil organic matter quality and aggregate stability, sediment enrichment ratios
  • Desertification – soil-borne desertification indicators, sensing techniques for soil degradation assessment and mapping, fire impacts on soil properties and burnt areas recovery
  • Surface Hydrology – soil water, water resources appraisal for hydropower


BIOma - Soluções integradas de BIOeconomia para a Mobilização cadeia Agroalimentar
Funding body: Portugal 2020
Reference: POCI-1-0247-FEDER-046112
Principal Investigator:Lillian Bouçada de Barros
Start: 2020-07-01
End: 2023-06-03
FIRElinks - Fire in the Earth System: Science & Society - Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM)
Funding body: COST ACTION
Principal Investigator:Tomás D' Aquino Freitas Rosa de Figueiredo
Start: 2019-06-01
End: 2022-06-01
TERRAMATER - Medidas innovadoras de recuperación preventiva en áreas quemadas
Funding body: POCTEP
Principal Investigator:Tomás D' Aquino Freitas Rosa de Figueiredo
Start: 2018-01-01
End: 2021-09-30
- Núcleo de Reflexão
Funding body: PDR2020
Reference: PDR2020-2024-055366
Principal Investigator:Tomás D' Aquino Freitas Rosa de Figueiredo
Start: 2019-10-01
End: 2021-09-30
Leonardo da Vinci - Comunity Vocational Training Action
Funding body:
Principal Investigator:Tomás D' Aquino Freitas Rosa de Figueiredo
Start: 2006-01-01
End: 2018-12-31
- Connecting European connectivity research
Funding body: COST - European Cooperation in Science & Technology
Reference: COST ES1306
Principal Investigator:Tomás D' Aquino Freitas Rosa de Figueiredo
Start: 2017-01-01
End: 2018-12-31
- Projeto de Recuperação das Matas Litorais
Funding body: Fundo Florestal Permanente
Principal Investigator:Maria do Sameiro Ferreira Patrício
Start: 2018-01-22
End: 2018-11-30
EIA - Estudo de Impacte Ambiental da Barragem de Gebelim
Funding body:
Principal Investigator:Tomás D' Aquino Freitas Rosa de Figueiredo
Start: 2017-05-05
End: 2017-11-21

Total results: 35
Azevedo R.P.,Corinto L.M.,Peixoto D.S.,De Figueiredo T.,Silveira G.C.D.,Peche P.M.,Pio L.A.S.,Pagliari P.H.,Curi N.,Silva B.M.
Deep Tillage Strategies in Perennial Crop Installation: Structural Changes in Contrasting Soil Classes
Plants, 11, , 2022

Méndez-López M.,Gómez-Armesto A.,Alonso-Vega F.,Pontevedra-Pombal X.,Fonseca F.,de Figueiredo T.,Arias-Estévez M.,Nóvoa-Muñoz J.C.
The role of afforestation species as a driver of Hg accumulation in organic horizons of forest soils from a Mediterranean mountain area in SW Europe
Science of the Total Environment, 827, , 2022

Fonseca F.,Silva D.,Bueno P.,Hernández Z.,Royer A.C.,de Figueiredo T.
Temporal dynamics of carbon storage in a Mediterranean mountain scrubland managed by prescribed fire
Catena, 212, , 2022

Silva R.F.d.,Severiano E.d.C.,Oliveira G.C.d.,Barbosa S.M.,Peixoto D.S.,Tassinari D.,Silva B.M.,Silva S.H.G.,Dias Júnior M.d.S.,Figueiredo T.d.A.F.R.
Changes in soil profile hydraulic properties and porosity as affected by deep tillage soil preparation and Brachiaria grass intercropping in a recent coffee plantation on a naturally dense Inceptisol
Soil and Tillage Research, 213, , 2021

Vanmaercke M.,Panagos P.,Vanwalleghem T.,Hayas A.,Foerster S.,Borrelli P.,Rossi M.,Torri D.,Casali J.,Borselli L.,Vigiak O.,Maerker M.,Haregeweyn N.,De Geeter S.,Zgłobicki W.,Bielders C.,Cerdà A.,Conoscenti C.,de Figueiredo T.,Evans B.,Golosov V.,Ionita I.,Karydas C.,Kertész A.,Krása J.,Le Bouteiller C.,Radoane M.,Ristić R.,Rousseva S.,Stankoviansky M.,Stolte J.,Stolz C.,Bartley R.,Wilkinson S.,Jarihani B.,Poesen J.
Measuring, modelling and managing gully erosion at large scales: A state of the art
Earth-Science Reviews, 218, , 2021

de Figueiredo T.,Poesen J.,Fonseca F.,Hernández Z.
Long term erosion rates in Douro Vineyards, Portugal: Effects of rainfall characteristics and plant density
Soil Conservation: Strategies, Management and Challenges, 67-105, 2021

de Figueiredo T.,Royer A.C.,Fonseca F.,Schütz F.C.d.A.,Hernández Z.
Regression models for soil water storage estimation using the ESA CCI satellite soil moisture product: A case study in northeast Portugal
Water (Switzerland), 13, , 2021

De Figueiredo T.,Fonseca F.,Hernández Z.
Terraced vineyards of the douro wine region, Portugal: A soil and water management perspective
Pirineos, 175, , 2020

Fonseca F.,de Figueiredo T.,Vilela Â.,Santos R.,de Carvalho A.,Almeida E.,Nunes L.
Impact of tree species replacement on carbon stocks in a Mediterranean mountain area, NE Portugal
Forest Ecology and Management, 439, 181-188, 2019

Hernández Z.,Almendros G.,Álvarez A.,Figueiredo T.,Carral P.
Soil carbon stabilization pathways as reflected by the pyrolytic signature of humic acid in agricultural volcanic soils
Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, 137, 14-28, 2019

Garciá-Tomillo A.,Figueiredo T.D.,Dafonte J.D.,Almeida A.,Paz-González A.
Effects of machinery trafficking in an agricultural soil assessed by Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT)
Open Agriculture, 3, 378-385, 2018

Fonseca F.,De Figueiredo T.
Carbon and nitrogen in forest floor and mineral soil under four forest species in the Mediterranean region
Spanish Journal of Soil Science, 8, 42-56, 2018

Gutiérrez Montero M.,Fonseca F.,Figueiredo T.,Sánchez Bellón Á.
Assessment and suggestions for improvement of soils with different uses in a sector of Montesinho Natural Park, Portugal
Spanish Journal of Soil Science, 8, 24-41, 2018

Fonseca F.,de Figueiredo T.,Nogueira C.,Queirós A.
Effect of prescribed fire on soil properties and soil erosion in a Mediterranean mountain area
Geoderma, 307, 172-180, 2017

de Figueiredo T.,Fonseca F.,Lima E.,Fleischfresser L.,Hernandez Z.
Assessing performance of post-fire hillslope erosion control measures designed for different implementation scenarios in NE Portugal: Simulations applying USLE
Wildfires: Perspectives, Issues and Challenges of the 21st Century, 201-228, 2017

Schmidt S.,Meusburger K.,de Figueiredo T.,Alewell C.
Modelling Hot Spots of Soil Loss by Wind Erosion (SoLoWind) in Western Saxony, Germany
Land Degradation and Development, 28, 1100-1112, 2017

García‐Tomillo A.,De Figueiredo T.,Almeida A.,Rodrigues J.,Dafonte J.D.,Paz‐González A.,Nunes J.,Hernandez Z.
Comparing effects of tillage treatments performed with animal traction on soil physical properties and soil electrical resistivity: Preliminary experimental results
Open Agriculture, 2, 317-318, 2017

Rodrigues J.,Schlechter P.,Spychiger H.,Spinelli R.,Oliveira N.,Figueiredo T.
The XXI century mountains: Sustainable management of mountainous areas based on animal traction
Open Agriculture, 2, 300-307, 2017

Almeida A.,Figueiredo T.,Fernandes-Silva A.
Evolution of factors affecting mechanical olive harvesting
Acta Horticulturae, 1139, 575-579, 2016

Fonseca F.,de Figueiredo T.,Bompastor Ramos M.A.
Carbon storage in the Mediterranean upland shrub communities of Montesinho Natural Park, northeast of Portugal
Agroforestry Systems, 86, 463-475, 2012

de Figueiredo T.,Fonseca F.,Martins A.
Soil loss and run-off in young forest stands as affected by site preparation technique: A study in NE Portugal
European Journal of Forest Research, 131, 1747-1760, 2012

Leite V.,de Figueiredo T.,Pinheiro T.,Ferreira Â.,Batista J.
Dealing with the very small: First steps of a picohydro demonstration project in an university campus
Renewable Energy and Power Quality Journal, 1, 1305-1310, 2012

Fonseca F.,de Figueiredo T.,Martins A.
Survival and early growth of mixed forest stands installed in a Mediterranean Region: Effects of site preparation intensity
Forest Ecology and Management, 262, 1905-1912, 2011

Evelpidou N.,De Figueiredo T.,Mauro F.,Tecim V.,Vassilopoulos A.
Natural Heritage from East to West: Case studies from 6 EU countries
Natural Heritage from East to West: Case Studies from 6 EU Countries, 1-384, 2010

Evelpidou N.,De Figueiredo T.,Mauro F.,Tecim V.,Vassilopoulos A.
Natural Heritage from East to West: Case studies from 6 EU countries, , 2010

De Figueiredo T.
Montesinho and the mountains of northern Portugal
Natural Heritage from East to West: Case studies from 6 EU countries, 111-118, 2010

Castro J.,De Figueiredo T.,Fonseca F.,Nobre S.,Pires L.
Montesinho Natural Park: General description and natural values
Natural Heritage from East to West: Case studies from 6 EU countries, 119-132, 2010

de Graaff J.,Duarte F.,Fleskens L.,de Figueiredo T.
The future of olive groves on sloping land and ex-ante assessment of cross compliance for erosion control
Land Use Policy, 27, 33-41, 2010

De Figueiredo T.,Almeida A.,Araújo J.
Edaphic characteristics of olive-tree areas in the trás-os-montes region (Portugal): A map-based approach
Acta Horticulturae, 586, 151-154, 2002

Vandekerckhove L.,Poesen J.,Wijdenes D.O.,Nachtergaele J.,Kosmas C.,Roxo M.J.,De Figueiredo T.
Thresholds for gully initiation and sedimentation in Mediterranean Europe
Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 25, 1201-1220, 2000

Vandekerckhove L.,Poesen J.,Oostwoud Wijdenes D.,De Figueiredo T.
Topographical thresholds for ephemeral gully initiation in intensively cultivated areas of the Mediterranean
Catena, 33, 271-292, 1998

De Figueiredo T.,Poesen J.
Effects of surface rock fragment characteristics on interrill runoff and erosion of a silty loam soil
Soil and Tillage Research, 46, 81-95, 1998

Van Wesemael B.,Poesen J.,De Figueiredo T.,Covers G.
Surface roughness evolution of soils containing rock fragments
Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 21, 399-411, 1996

van Wesemael B.,Poesen J.,de Figueiredo T.
Effects of rock fragments on physical degradation of cultivated soils by rainfall
Soil and Tillage Research, 33, 229-250, 1995