Gonçalo Vieira is Associate Professor at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning of the University of Lisbon, Senior researcher and member of the Board of Directors at the Centre for Geographical Studies. He integrates the research group on Climate Change and Environmental Systems, where he coordinates the Geocryology team and is external collaborator at the Centre for Nordic Studies, University Laval, Canada.
His current main research interests are on the effects of changing climate on permafrost environments, especially in what concerns to permafrost degradation, ground deformation and high resolution remote sensing. He has lead several projects in the Antarctic, Svalbard, sub-Arctic Canada, the Patagonian Andes, the High and Middle Atlas and the Portuguese mountains.
Gonçalo Vieira is the Portuguese representative at the International Permafrost Association, International Association of Cryosphere Sciences and Cryosphere Working Group of the International Arctic Science Committee, SCAR Standing Committee on Geosciences, Co-Chair of the SCAR Expert Group on Antarctic Permafrost, Soils and Periglacial Environments, national delegate at the European Polar Board and member of the EPB Executive Committee from 2012 to 2014. He is member of the Executive Committee of the Global Terrestrial Network for Permafrost. In Portugal, he coordinates the national Polar Program (ProPolar) and is Science Advisor at the Polar Office of the Foundation for Science and Technology.