Curriculum Vitae

Centro de Ciências e Tecnologias Nucleares (C2TN)

Name: Paula Maria Mimo
Surnames: Carreira Paquete
Born: 19-10-1960, Lisbon
Nationality: Portuguese

Phone: +351 21994 6179
Fax: +351 21 994 6185
E-mail: carreira (add


  • 1999 – PhD in Geosciences, Department of Geosciences, Aveiro University.
  • 1986 – Degree in Geology, Lisbon University, Geology Department.

Professional Employment Career

  • Since 1999 – Auxiliary Researcher, Group of Environmental and Analytical Chemistry, Unit of Chemical and Radiopharmaceutical Sciences, Instituto Tecnológico e Nuclear (ITN), Sacavém, Portugal.
  • 1992-1999 – Researcher Assistant, ITN, Chemistry Department, Sacavém, Portugal.
  • 1988-1992 – Research student at ICEN-LNETI, Chemistry Department, Sacavém, Portugal.

Fellowships and Training

  • 2003 (IAEA) – Development and application of isotope tracer diagnostics in regional climate models”, ICTP / IAEA, Trieste- Italy.
  • 1994-1996 (FCT) – PhD Fellowship in “Use of natural tracers to investigate hydrogeological pollution problems in groundwater systems”, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria, supervisor Professor Klaus Froehlish.
  • 1991 (IAEA) – Fellowship in Isotope Hydrology International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria, supervisor Professor Roberto Gonfiantini.

Membership of Professional Societies

  • 2001 – International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH), Great-Britain.
  • 2002 – Portuguese Association of Hydric Resources (APRH), Portugal.
  • 2004 – Geothermal Resources Council, Sede EUA.
  • 2003 –Geochemical Group of the Geological Society of Portugal, Portugal.

Scientific Specialization

  • Geology, Hydrogeology and Isotope Hydrology.

Main Scientific Area of Research

  • The scientific activity has been developed in the use of environmental isotopes in hydrogeology research studies, palaeohydrology and climate investigations, emphasis on the use of the ratios 2H/1H, 13C/12C, 15N/14N, 18O/16O and variation of groundwater 3H and 14C content. The work is being focused on the study of the quality of groundwater for Human supply and groundwater resources protection and management, through the identification and quantification of pollution sources traced by environmental isotopes and definition of the recharge areas. Through the isotope hydrology research area contributions to a better understanding of the dynamic evolution response in time of aquifer systems have been carried out. The several projects carried out since 1988, have allowed to give answers to relevant scientific issues, such as the identification of the salts contamination in groundwater as sources of the groundwater deteoration (natural or induced by man), in the reconstruction of the palaeoclimatic environments, in order to investigate the extent to which groundwater retains the signature of past recharge events and Human influence. Besides the isotope data obtained in the framework of the national network for isotopes in precipitation provides important information for hydrological investigations relevant for water resources inventory, planning and development.

Scientific Works

  • Author and co-author of 37 research papers published in specialized Refereed Journals.
  • 6 Chapters in books.
  • Author and co-authored of 86 communications in national and international scientific conferences with proceedings with referees.

Participation in Projects

  • PTDC/AAG-MAA/2891/2012 – The Cabeço de Vide mineral waters (Central Portugal): a natural analogue to increase understanding of the origin of life on Earth and possibly elsewhere; CTN coordinator: P. Carreira.
  • INOGAZ Isotopes, Noble Gases and Water-Rock Interaction of the Central Group of the Azores Islands: a contribution to the geothermal potential evaluation and the seismo-volcanic hazard assessment, PTDC/CTE/GIN/68851 (2007-2010). Co-ordinator J.C. Nunes (Azores Univ); P. Carreira (ITN).
  • DISGAS – Dissolved gases in subsurface hydrology – CO2-rich thermomineral waters (N – Portugal), POCTI/CTA/45159 /2002, (2005 - 2008) Co-ordinator P.M. Carreira (ITN).
  • HYDROARID – Evaluation of the hydrogeological potential and sea water intrusion monitoring in semi-arid zones using a multithechnique approach: application to the Santiago and Maio islands (Cabo Verde), POCTI/CTE–AST/55399/2004, (2005 - 2008). Co-ordinator F.Monteiro Santos (FCUL); P. Carreira (ITN).
  • GROUNDURBAN – Urban groundwater and environmental management in the Northwest Portugal. POCTI/CTE-GEX/59081/2004, (2005- 2008). Co-ordinator F.Rocha (Aveiro Univ.); P. Carreira (ITN).
  • HIMOCATCH–Role of high mountain areas in catchment water resources – Northern/Central Portugal. POCTI/CTA/44235/2002, (2005 - 2008). Co-ordinator J.M. Marques (IST); P.M. Carreira (ITN).
  • Assessing the impacts of agriculture groundwater quality using nitrogen isotopes. POCTI/47223 /AGG/02, (2003-2008). Co-ordinator L.Ribeiro (IST); P. Carreira (ITN).
  • Identification of interaction processes between surface waters and shallow groundwaters within Sado hydrographical basin – SW Portugal, IAEA/F3.30.15 –POR-12957 (2004-2008). Co-ordinator T.Vitvar (IAEA); P. Carreira (ITN).

5 Selected Publications

  • Carreira, P.M.; Marques, J.M.; Pina, A.; Mota Gomes, A.; Galego Fernandes, P.A.; Monteiro Santos, F., Groundwater assessment at Santiago Island (Cabo Verde): A multidisciplinary approach to a recurring source of water supply. Water Resources Management, 24 (6): 1139-1159 (2010).  DOI: 10.1007/s11269-009-9489-z.
    Journal impact factor: 2.259, Citations: 6.
  • Carreira, P. M.; Marques, J. M.; Carvalho, M.R.; Capasso, G.; Grassa, F.,  Mantle-derived carbon in Hercynian granites. Stable isotopes signatures and C/He associations in the thermomineral waters, N-Portugal. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 189 (1-2): 49-56 (2010).  DOI: 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2009.10.008.
    Journal impact factor: 2.193, Citations: 2.
  • Carreira, P.M.; Marques, J.M.; Graca, R.; Aires-Barros, L., Radiocarbon application in dating "complex" hot and cold CO2-rich mineral water systems: A review of case studies ascribed to the northern Portugal. Applied Geochemistry, 23 (10): 2817-2828 (2008). DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2008.04.004.
    Journal impact factor: 1.708, Citations: 7.
  • Marques, J.M.; Carreira, P.M.; Carvalho, M.R.; Matias, M.J.; Goff, F.E.; Basto, M.J.; Graça, R.; Aires-Barros, L. & Rocha, L. (2008) - Origins of high pH mineral waters from ultramafic rocks, Central Portugal. Applied Geochemistry, 23, 3278-3289. DOI:10.1016/j.apgeochem. 2008.06.029.
    Journal impact factor: 1.708, Citations: 13.

Other Publications

  • Characterization of groundwater resources degradation at Santiago Island (Cabo Verde) ascribed to isotopic and geochemical signatures, Carreira, P.M., Marques, J.M., Pina, A., Mota Gomes, A., Nunes, D. & Monteiro Santos, F., in Water Pollution IX (Prats, D., Brebbia, C.A. & Villacampa Esteve, Y. Eds). WIT Press, Southampton, U.K. (ISBN: 978-1-84564-115-3), 2008, 139-148.
  • Radiocarbon application in dating “complex” hot and cold CO2 – rich mineral water systems: a review of case studies ascribed to the northern Portugal. Carreira, P.M., Marques, J.M., Graça, R., Aires-Barros, L., Applied Geochemistry. doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2008.04.004.
  • Fluid/mineral equilibrium calculations, isotopes and geophysics as a multidisciplinary approach to the characterization of Monção hydrothermal system (NW-Portugal), Carreira, P.M., Marques, J.M., Carvalho, M.R., Monteiro Santos, F., Matias, H., Luzio, R. & Nunes, D., in Aquifers Systems Management: Darcy’s Legacy in a World of Impeding Water Shortage, Nº 10 – IAH (Eds: Chery, L. and Marsilly, G), Taylor & Francis Group, London. Chapter 27, (ISBN 978-0-415-44355-5), 2007, 365-378.
  • Questions and answers about the evolution of CO2-rich thermomineral waters from Hercynian granitic rocks (N-Portugal): a review, Marques, JM., Andrade, M., Carreira, P.M., Graça, R.C., Aires-Barros, L., In Groundwater in Fractured Rocks (Krásný, J. and Sharp, J.M. eds). Nº 9 – IAH. Taylor & Francis Group, London, Chapter 21, (ISBN ), 2007, 313 – 327.
  • Anthropogenic sources of contamination recognition - Sines coastal aquifer (SW Portugal), Galego Fernandes, P., Carreira, P.M., Silva, M.O., Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 2008, 98, 1-14.