BRICS Water Resources and Pollution Treatment

Thematic subject: Water Resources and Pollution Treatment

Academic and scientific-technological motivation

The management of water resources faces one of the greatest challenges currently pressing humanity due to conditions of scarcity or due to occurrence of floods. The supply of water in quantity and quality is essential for maintaining health, reducing poverty and developing the nation.

Additionally, the excess of water generated by extreme events and aggravated by emerging climate changes and, above all, by precarious conditions of urbanization represents, at the beginning of the third millennium, an important cause of deaths and damage to property, both for the
individual and for society.

BRICS project mission

The multilateral cooperative arrangement of the BRICS, created in 2014, brings together the world´s main emerging economies, comprising 41% of the world´s population, having 24% of the world´s GDP and more than 16% of participation in world trade, covering approximately 30% of the land surface in the world.

The main scientific bases of the BRICS Project are: (i) strong integration between intensive experiments, continuous monitoring and computational and analytical mathematical modeling for the solution of environmental problems; (ii) interdisciplinarity and inter-institutional collaboration; (iii) strong integration with undergraduate, strictu sensu postgraduate and latu sensu postgraduate; (iv) scientific- technological extension projects.

Within this comprehensive view, scientific issues that deserve priority attention were identified, namely: (i) global climate change and its regional effects; (ii) mesoscale hydrology and meteorology; (iii) surface-atmosphere interactions, micrometeorology and hydrology of the vadose zone; (iv) quality of water, air and soil; and (v) management of water resources.

The research themes allow organizing hydrometeorological information compatible with the conceptual formulations of the modeling platforms in order to subsidize a better understanding of the social dynamics and fight against inequalities in the scale of the hydrographic basin.


Otto Corrêa Rotunno Filho
Programa de Engenharia Civil- COPPE/UFRJ
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