Geographic Engineering, Geophysics and Energy

Welcome to the Department of Geographic Engineering, Geophysics and Energy

The Department of Geographic Engineering, Geophysics and Energy (DEGGE) is the department at FCUL that combines scientific and pedagogic competencies in the areas of Renewable Energies / Energy Efficiency, Geophysics and Geospatial Information. It is consolidated into a set of training courses of a vocational nature with profiles associated to the engineering area that aim to train design engineers to have the capacity to solve complex problems that involve environmental problems and natural resources management which is of paramount importance in the 21st century. 

The issues related to the shortage of energy resources and the impacts of climate change are in the international agenda, channelling financing and mobilising material and human resources to search for practical solutions towards their resolution.  At DEGGE (Integrated Master’s in Energy and Environment) you can acquire the skills to intervene in this process by developing projects in the area of energy production through the use of renewable sources with a special focus on photovoltaic and wind power and in the area of efficient use of energy, in a perspective of sustainable energy.   The training profile in engineering is founded on a set of electronics and mechanical laboratories where students and academic staff may develop experimental projects in different areas, namely, photovoltaic energy and energy efficiency in buildings.

Climate change in different spatial and temporal scales is the object of study at DEGGE (Geophysical Sciences) where we approach aspects related with climate change knowledge, the development of numerical models to forecast the weather, ocean circulation models and the atmosphere-ocean interconnection.  The Physics of the Earth and knowledge about the Earth’s internal structure are the object of study and research in the field of Internal Geophysics.  In this field we also approach the domains of natural resources, natural risks (seismic and volcanic) and the recognition and exploration of the planet. 

The space component, observation satellites from earth, are DEGGE’s means of mass acquisition of data on earth, whether for the monitoring of natural disasters, climate change, weather forecasting or the localization of goods and services.  At DEGGE you can learn to deal with spatial data in its different dimensions of representation and visualization within the scope of Geospatial Engineering.

Finally, we would like to highlight the close connection to the Institute D. Luiz - IDL (an Associate Laboratory of FCT) where almost all of the scientific activity developed is from DEGGE’s academic staff.

João Catalão Fernandes
Head of Department