Luis Loures

Luis Loures
Instituto Politécnico de Portalegre · DCAV

Ph.D.

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Introduction
Landscape Architect (Ph.D.) Professor at ESAE in the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre and researcher both at the CIEO - Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics – University of Algarve, and the NIAS - C3I - Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Innovation - Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre. Research focusing different domains such as urban planning, landscape reclamation, urban redevelopment, and the use of urban planning as a tool for achieving sustainable development.
Additional affiliations
February 2018 - present
VALORIZA - Research Center for Endogenous Resource Valorization
Position
  • Vice-Coordinator
Description
  • Research Unit - FCT(Very Good)
November 2009 - December 2018
Universidade do Algarve
Position
  • Researcher
February 2009 - present
Instituto Politécnico de Portalegre
Position
  • Professor

Publications

Publications (153)
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An examination of population growth in Iran during the past three decades shows that the sharp increase in the rate of birth in the 1980s significantly expanded the base of the age pyramid of the Iranian population in that decade. Throughout time, this expanded surface has gradually transitioned to the higher levels of the pyramid and has now reach...
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Neste projeto damos continuidade à linha de investigação e transferência de tecnologia iniciada com o projeto MechSmart Forages http://mechsmartforages.ipportalegre.pt/ reforçando e consolidando o conhecimento do uso integrado de tecnologias de Agricultura de Precisão, Mecanização e Digitalização em itinerários técnicos de agricultura de conservaçã...
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The specific richness and value of Mediterranean landscapes require a robust, well-defined, and comprehensive conservation strategy planning. Therefore, and considering the relevance of the topic in the light of the sustainability concept, those planning strategies should be based and sustained by many different studies and fields in order to provi...
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Portugal and Spain share one of the greatest European borderland areas. This fact has direct impacts on a large territory and consequently on the communities’ living in it. Still, even if the border areas represent an essential fraction of the territory, planning policies have not resulted in specific cooperation programs that could enable sharing g...
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In these times of strong pressure on aquatic ecosystems and water resources due to climate change and water abstraction, intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams (IRES) (rivers that periodically cease to flow and/or dry) have become valuable assets. Indeed, not only do they supply water but they also offer services for humanity. Despite a growing...
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Careful management of agricultural ecosystems is considered a vital procedure to ensure both environmental health and the sustainability of this sector, particularly when, besides all the argumentative used by farmers, there are no globally accepted sustainable management solutions for agriculture. This scenario poses several challenges for the agr...
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The multi-functionality inherent to the concept of Urban Agriculture (UA) can be associated with a recreational occupation, a method of overcoming financial distress, and a requalification of the landscape. However, urban development and the poor implementation of urban planning policies resulted in the loss of agricultural land and the emergence o...
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This paper is part of research under development, which aims to define a set of criteria and/or parameters in the fields of design and communication, to enhance the sustainability of Low-Density Territories, through the recognition of their identity and their distinctive signs.Thus, this article aims to know if the colour is constituted as a distin...
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The concept of nature-based solutions (NBSs) has become increasingly popular among urban policymakers and planners to help them tackle the urban challenges arising from urban expansion and climate change. Stakeholders' involvement is a fundamental step, and stakeholders' perceptions and preferences can affect the development of NBS projects. This s...
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There is a small sample of edaphic geochemistry studies over large geographic areas, especially studies that consider major reference soil groups (RSG) that evaluate both native concentrations of elements and anthropogenically contaminated soils in agricultural settings, considering the long-term effect of agricultural practices on landscape sustai...
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Available phosphorus (AP) is a key macropollutant predictor of ecosystem services as well as a crucial indicator of soil productivity. Long-term applications of this macronutrient and its implications on sustainability in the face of peak phosphorus harvest have raised some concerns in recent years. This study aimed to characterise the edaphic AP i...
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The present study aims to propose the creation of an artificial beach in the municipality of Machico and its complementary infrastructures, located on the south-eastern coast of the Madeira Island (Portugal). Machico’s beach sand consists of a mixture of black volcanic sand and round basalt stones. Usually, it has clear waters and a quiet sea. This...
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Increases in the planet's temperature, related to the increase in atmospheric CO2, are generating models of climate change characterized by the increment of extreme climatic events-i.e. floods, droughts and heat-cold waves that increase in frequency and intensity. Moreover, researches carried out in recent decades have analysed the environmental al...
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In the Mediterranean basin, edaphic salinization, sodification and alkalinization related to anthropic pressures and climatic changes may hinder the ecosystem sustainability. It is pertinent to study the mid and long-term variability of these soil characteristics in face off the macro agricultural system in use (i.e., irrigation or rain-fed). Four...
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Portugal and Spain share one of the greatest European borderland areas. This fact has direct impacts on a large territory and consequently on the communities’ living in it. Still, even if the border areas represent an essential fraction of the territory, planning policies have not resulted in specific cooperation programs that could enable sharing...
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The need to control the concentration of nitrates in vulnerable areas of the Alentejo region and the poor efficiency of nitrogen top-dressed fertilizations in winter crops, as a result of the rainfed characteristics of the Mediterranean regions, suggest new forms of mechanization based on precision farming technologies namely variable rate applicat...
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Taking in account the growing use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in all sectors of society, also in the farm sector there is an increasingly urgent need for all farmers to have access to ICT and digital skills to use them. The Farm to Fork Strategy is at the heart of the European Green Deal aiming to make food systems fair, hea...
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The golf courses are not isolated areas in the territory where they are located; instead, these elements are an integral part of the surrounding ecosystem. The golf courses are components of the landscape and, in addition to all the benefits of functional, visual, and economical that could bring to the region, they may also, if their management is...
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Climate change does not know borders, contributing to the fast deterioration of life. An effective approach to face climate change challenges is through cross-border cooperation, which could be the catalyst to stop the ecosystem degradation and develop the basis for a more sustainable development paradigm. In this regard, this chapter aims to asses...
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Como criar um mapa de aplicação a taxa variável, que critérios usar e como o importar para um terminal eletrónico são os objetivos deste artigo, escrito com base no trabalho experimental realizado na herdade da Comenda em Caia, no âmbito do projeto ISOmap Forragem ALT20-03-0246-FEDER-000062.
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In the last decade, an awareness towards temporary rivers has increased globally in response to drying climates and growing human demand for water. However, social perceptions of temporary rivers have rarely been incorporated in their science and management. In this study, we advance an understanding of the socio-cultural values of temporary rivers...
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A presença no mercado de tratores e máquinas agrícolas equipadas com tecnologia para uso em agricultura de precisão é hoje uma realidade. Urge, contudo, potenciar o conhecimento junto dos utilizadores finais destas máquinas sobre como tirar partido da mesma de forma a dar resposta a uma agricultura mais verde e digital. O atual rumo a um sistema al...
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The particular richness and singularity of Azorean Landscapes demand a strong, well-defined, and extensive conservation policy planning. Accordingly, and recognizing the importance of the problem in the enlightenment of the sustainability thought, those planning approaches should be based and sustained by multiple studies and thematic fields to ful...
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Although the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) has made a considerable contribution to increasing transport infrastructure and improving transport services, it still often seems that border regions have reduced accessibility compared to central regions. The Iberian border regions of Alto-Alentejo (Portugal) and Badajoz (Spain) were analyzed....
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Human activities have been changing the Earth's cover at an unparalleled scale. In this regard, land cover mapping is a decisive advantage for several kinds of research. Also, the outcomes from these investigations could be applied to plan a sustainable regional governance policy. This article studied land-use changes in the Turkish Territories in...
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The specific richness and value of Mediterranean landscapes require a robust, well-defined, and comprehensive conservation strategy planning. Therefore, and considering the relevance of the topic in the light of the sustainability concept, those planning strategies should be based and sustained by many different studies and fields in order to provi...
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In Iberian Peninsula territories there are many common projects of Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) in a form of Euro-cities agreements. Therefore , and considering the pursuit for more sustainable cities and societies, the green peri-urban surfaces located in those border territories could be use as tool to give an answer to those populations' envir...
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Careful management of agricultural ecosystems is considered a vital procedure to ensure both environmental health and the sustainability of this sector, particularly when, besides all the argumentative used by farmers, there are no globally accepted sustainable management solutions for agriculture. This scenario poses several challenges for the agr...
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The large number of borderlands existing in European territory contains many ventures of Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC). Nonetheless, the management strategies related to such projects and the sustainable development they bring to the regions still raise many questions. Considering the little knowledge regarding the management and governance of bor...
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Através de políticas públicas regionais é possível moldar profundamente os territórios, provocando impactos, por vezes significativos, em atividades como o turismo. Esta problemática é ainda mais evidente em regiões com uma base socioeconómica estritamente ligada ao turismo. Neste sentido, desenvolveu-se uma análise das perceções públicas através d...
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Planners and designers are often interested in the criteria, values, and principles employed to create an intervention. In our study, we were interested in respondents’ guiding beliefs and principles associated with post-industrial land reclamation. Experts have proposed heuristically, dimensions and sets of guiding planning and design beliefs asso...
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Landscape is a dynamic mosaic of various structures interacting together. Neglecting or overusing one part of this mosaic may boost up or damage the development of others. For instance, overgrazing may increase soil erosion process which may clog a river/stream. In this regard land use changes, climate change and landscape management may lead to in...
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The relationships between territorial governance and the pursuit of sustainable development are evidenced to be critical. Exploratory tools, like Geographic Information Systems (GIS), enable us to comprehend the patterns, dynamics, and parameters of land-use changes over the years. The results from such studies could be used in the design of a sust...
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Chapter 5 from the Intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams: what water managers need to know. Technical report – Cost ACTION CA 15113
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In a nutshell: ▪ There is a variety of benefits that IRES provide to our societies, from the provision of materials such as water and timber, to iconic species, the regulation of biogeochemical cycles, and space for cultural manifestation and as a corridor for both wild and herded animals. ▪ Drying and rewetting processes, timing and duration of...
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While the world population continues to grow, increasing the need to produce more and better-quality food, climate change, urban growth and unsustainable agricultural practices accelerate the loss of available arable land, compromising the sustainability of agricultural lands both in terms of productivity and environmental resilience, and causing s...
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Horse riding is a popular leisure and sports activity worldwide, well established in North America, Europe and Australia, and quickly expanding in the fast-growing Chinese economy since the 2008 Olympic Games. In developed countries, equestrian facilities are generally located nearby urban communities for convenience of riders, but the possibility...
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In the last decades, there was a significant population growth in urban areas. In this regard, the European major cities are not an exception; in fact, they are even still more affected by that populational exodus and consequently for an urban growth. Therefore, and considering that the urban parks in the cities are not growing at the same pace, a...
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Planners, designers, governmental organizations, and citizens are interested in creating enduring safe buildable environments. Landscape hazards such as earthquakes, wildfires, hurricanes, tornados, flooding, volcanoes, radon, air pollution, sinkholes, avalanche, landslides, and blizzards create a complex set of destructive forces that form disturb...
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The last decades have seen a rapid change in attitudes towards the environment, reflecting a greater environmental awareness of environment among professionals as well as the general public. Public participation has become increasingly more important, playing a relevant role in determining the way society will manage, protect, and reclaim the envir...
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Accessibility plays a major role in achieving sustainable transport, and therefore urban and regional sustainability. The urban public transport system promotes mobility and realizes a large part of urban movements. Moreover, improving accessibility in order to promote sustainable transport requires the application of new concepts and indicators as...
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OTALEX C is a cross border project elaborated by several entities of the administrations, agencies, and Portuguese and Spanish enterprises. The aim is to develop joint cartography, in addition to the union of territorial and environmental data and their interexchange. SDI-OTALEX C has defined a method capable of assigning the degree of sustainabili...
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The understanding of flood phenomena regarding torrential rain, occurring in natural channels within urban areas represents a crucial aspect to increase safety and life´s standards of the populations, issues that are deeply related to a well-developed sustainable urban and spatial planning. In this regard, flows inside urban areas have great hetero...
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Self-harm has become one of the leading causes of mortality in developed countries. The overall rate for suicide in Canada is 11.3 per 100,000 according to Statistics Canada in 2015. Between 2000 and 2007 the lowest rates of suicide in Canada were in Ontario, one of the most urbanized regions in Canada. However, the interaction between land use, la...
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The Spanish transportation and housing infrastructure plan has planned that in 2024 all provincial capitals in peninsular Spain are to be connected by high-speed rail lines. Nowadays, 35 stations are already operational. These stations and the roads to access them are very important, as these are the only access points for travelers to benefit from...
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The study of how financial markets behave continues to be interesting. The existence of more and more data and the development of statistical techniques are some reasons for the increase in research in finance. However, the difficulty in understanding some markets' behavior is a continuous challenge. In this context, a new research area called Econ...
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Cities are facing a broad range of social and environmental challenges due to the current pressure of global urbanization. Nature-based solutions aim to utilize green infrastructure to improve people's health and wellbeing. The design of urban environments must embrace the individual ideals of citizens and stakeholders which can only be achieved if...
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The promotion of the entrepreneurship has been a challenge in recent years because it is recognised that entrepreneurial activity enhances economic growth. Border regions, because of the possibility of increasing cooperation between economic agents, gained a special status. Still, some of those cross-border regions continue to grow slower than othe...
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Cross-border territories can be seen as enhancers of economic activities between countries, given their specific location and their proximity to foreign partners. This role is recognized, for example, in the specific case of the Euro-pean Union, which has several measures to support activities promoting the creation of networks, involving such terr...
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O Projeto Europeu tem sido alvo de diversas críticas e oscilações políticas que têm contribuído para uma degradação da coesão na União Europeia. Torna-se crucial analisar os fatores críticos para o sucesso da cooperação transfronteiriça, de modo a compreender este fenómeno e encontrar soluções para a temática Europeia, promovendo a articulação de m...
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Local people's perception of nature-based tourism evolution and consequent impacts on their well-being are crucial in promoting ecotourism and achieving sustainable development. This study focused on indigenous populations' attitudes concerning tourism activities taking place in the Iona National Park, located in the Namibe Province of Angola, wher...
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The problematic of climatic changes and the respective consequences raises the need to discuss the problem and define measures to control and/or reverse them. Because one of the causes of climatic changes is the emission of greenhouse gases, the European Union defined the reduction of emissions as a main concern as well as increasing efficiency in...
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Ecosystem services (ES), as an interconnection of the landscape mosaic pieces, along with temporal rivers (IRES) are an object of research for environmental planners and ecological economists, among other specialists. This study presents (i) a review on the importance of IRES and the services they can provide to agricultural landscapes; (ii) a clas...
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Intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams (IRES) are specific to three hydrological phases-flow, pools and dry. The mosaic of agricultural landscape varies within the world. The present study presents a significance of IRES in agricultural and natural landscapes in Slovakia and Portugal. Different conditions of both countries-position within Europe...
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It is taken for granted that new challenges require new approaches. Based on such principles, new methods and strategies allow spatial planning to still evolve as the specific case of the cooperation between sovereign territories. Euro-cities are one of those examples. To reach higher growth and development performances, cross-border cooperation pr...
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This paper presents an analysis of strategic management systems of higher education institutions (HEIs) by identifying policy and strategic priorities and monitoring their implementation. The strategic priorities are contextualized within four scenarios that structure the mission and orientation of HEIs. The methodology is based on data collected b...
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Outcomes Site A • Mediterranean macrobioclimate, of oceanic hue • climatophilic terms-the domain of the Sanguisorbo hybridae-Querco suberis sigmetum-replaced by dominated holm oaks and cork oaks; remnants of the Pyro bourgaeanae-Querco rotundifoliae sigmetum-transformed into holm oaks • poorly maintained, showing obvious signs of overgrazing by cat...
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Portugal and Spain share one of the greatest Europeans borderline areas. This fact has direct impacts on a large territory and consequently on the communities' living on it. Still, even if the border areas represent an important fraction of the territory, planning policies have not achieved to implement specific cooperation programs that could enab...
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Political commitment and transparency have been previously identified as critical factors for territorial success, as well as factors which allow the achievement of stronger cohesion and sustainable growth of cross‐border cooperation projects and strategies. The present study is aimed at a more thorough analysis of these factors. Throughout the ana...
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Mediterranean soils are particularly threatened by salinization and low levels of organic matter content. In order to assess an edaphic sustainable use, we need to study its characteristics and better understand the temporal and spatial evolution. In this study, a total of 14,852 ha located in a western Mediterranean basin were selected as the stud...
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The high-speed railway stations are the only access point to enjoy this rail service. Thus, its location and spatial distribution, and the roads to access them, acquires great importance. For this reason, taking into account the population of the Spanish peninsular municipalities, the degree of coverage offered by the 36 existing operating stations...
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The European territories, due to their large number of contact areas - border territories; comprises several cross-border cooperation projects and strategies. Some of these projects, became larger and actually they do not only commit to city-to-city cooperation but they go in a regional level – forming euroregions. In this regard, and considering t...
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The high-speed railway stations are the only access point to enjoy this rail service. Thus, its location and spatial distribution, and the roads to access them, acquires great importance. For this reason, taking into account the population of the Spanish peninsular municipalities, the degree of coverage offered by the 36 existing operating stations...
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Considering the complex dynamics, patterns, and particularities that peripheral and insular territories/regions present-e.g., as the fragility, they show to achieve a sustainable development and growth-a study that analyzes the land uses of this territories is seen as pivotal to identify barriers and opportunities for a long-term sustained developm...
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The need to understand what land use is has motivated the development of programmes that aims to identify it and quantify it-CORINE Land Cover (CLC) in 1985. From this official and open geodatabase-through the using of geographic information system (GIS) tools-the amount of area established for each land use has been identified in all the 28 member...
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Currently, we are living “strange/changing times”, mainly, for populations from developed countries. Those challenges are caused by internal and external factors that are taking place inside and outside the borders of developed countries. Still, as new challenges arise, men have found new solutions to overcome existing difficulties. This might be t...
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Mediterranean landscapes present a large amount of biodiversity and ecosystems leading to their unique identity. In fact, it is increasingly acknowledged that these ecosystems provide a large range of benefits, not only for the area where they are located but also for their surroundings. Benefits that may vary from aesthetical values to socioeconom...