25 years of Science and Innovation


Email: sisousafe.up.pt

Phone: +351 22 041 3685

Room: E223

Laboratory: E201, E219

Senior Researcher

Research position: Assistant Researcher

Background: PhD in Environmental Engineering – Faculty of Engineering of Porto, Portugal

Sofia Sousa

Major research topics

  • Impact of Air Quality on Public Health
  • Assessment and Management of Air Quality
  • Atmospheric Emissions from Shipping
  • Indoor Air Quality and its impact on Childhood Asthma - Epidemiology
  • Low-cost sensors for air quality measurements
  • Air Quality Modelling

Selected Publications

Nunes RAO, Alvim-Ferraz MCM, Martins FG, Penuelas AL, Durán-Grados V, Moreno-Gutiérrez J, Jalkanen J-P, Hannuniemi H, Sousa SIV. “Estimating the health and economic burden of shipping related air pollution in the Iberian Peninsula”, Environment International 156: 106763, 2021.

Chojer H, Branco PTBS, Martins FG, Alvim-Ferraz MCM, Sousa SIV. “Can data reliability of low-cost sensor devices for indoor air particulate matter monitoring be improved? – An approach using machine learning”. Atmospheric Environment, 286, 2022.

Branco PTBS, Alvim-Ferraz MCM, Martins FG, Sousa SIV. “Quantifying indoor air quality determinants in urban and rural nursery and primary schools”, Environmental Research, 176, 108534, 2019.

Sousa SIV, Alvim-Ferraz MCM, Martins FG, Pereira MC, “Spirometric tests to assess the prevalence of childhood asthma at Portuguese rural areas: Influence of exposure to high ozone levels”, Environment International 37, 474-478, 2011.

Sousa SIV, Martins FG, Pereira MC, Alvim-Ferraz MCM, “Multiple linear regression and artificial neural networks based on principal components to predict ozone concentrations”, Environmental Modelling & Software, 22, 97-103, 2007.


Selected Projects

“ArRiscO: Firefighters’ occupational exposure to air pollution - impact on COPD and asthma”, funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (PCIF/SSO/0101/2017). Beginning: 2019. Duration: 48 months. Role: Principal Investigator.

“EMISSHIP: Towards reducing atmospheric pollution from shipping – Emission forecasting and assessment of human health impact”, funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-032201). Beginning: 2018. Duration: 48 months. Role: Co-Principal Investigator.

“SENSINAIR: Low-cost sensors as a tool to reduce air pollution on nursery and primary schools – impact on childhood asthma”, funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-032391). Beginning: 2018. Duration: 48 months. Role: Principal Investigator.

“Impact of indoor air quality on childhood asthma: S. Paulo and Porto urban environments”, funded by Universidade de São Paulo and Universidade do Porto under USP/UP Program. Beginning 2014. Duration 24 months. Role: Principal Investigator.

“Future cities - Expand the Centre of Competence in Future Cities of the University of Porto to Strengthen Inter-Disciplinary Research and Knowledge Transfer to the Industry in the North Region of Portugal“, funded by European Union under FP7 program (CSA-SA 316296). Beginning: 2014. Duration: 18 months. Role: Researcher.

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