1st Rain Rivers and Reservoirs Workshop, Brazil



Delegates from the First Rain Rivers Reservoirs Workshop

The first Rain Rivers and Reservoirs workshop was held in the Universidade de São Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil, from 1 to 3 September 2015. Workshop convenors Prof. José Roberto, Castilho Piqueira (Director EP USP), Fernando Marinho (USP), Gisela Umbuzeiro (UNICAMP), and Prof. Patrick Corbett (Heriot-Watt University) welcomed delegates in the opening ceremony.

This workshop was the first to bring together researchers from Brazil and the UK to look at fluvial systems in a holistic fashion.

Workshop objectives

Combining the scientific understanding from the geological record with the pressing challenges facing society today (water supply, quality, droughts, flooding), that exists across academic fields that include government, waterscape, geology, civil engineering, mathematical modelling, fishing, pollution, environmental and climate change is in itself a logistical challenge.

Bringing together academic players from across the Atlantic also presents its own challenges and the convenors were grateful for the enabling support of the British Council and host, the University of São Paulo.

Day 1: Rain Rivers

The opening ceremony included presentations on the past and future climate evolution and impacts. After lunch the afternoon session on rain/rivers included analyses of social context; climate change issues and water quality. This was followed in the early evening with an informal networking reception.

Day 2: Reservoirs (Water and Hydrocarbon)

The second day was targeted at reservoirs (water and hydrocarbon); the morning session covered water quality with the afternoon session concentrated on reservoirs/aquifers. The evening brought delegates together for the Workshop Dinner.

Day 3: Sustainability/Infrastructure/Climate Issues

This final day devoted the morning session to a breakdown on sustainability/ infrastructure/climate issues, with particular focus on flooding. The afternoon included a short presentation on Newton Funding Opportunities and this was followed with break sessions on rain/rivers (water quality, flooding); rivers/reservoirs (water); rivers/reservoirs (hydrocarbon/aquifer); and sustainability/infrastructure (climate change).

Contact Prof. Patrick Corbett if you require further information on the workshop


The organisers of the workshop gratefully acknowledge the support of The British Council Newton Fund Researcher Links Programme, CPEA Companhia de estudos ambientais, Heriot-Watt University, Universidade de São Paulo and UNICAMP.