Research areas
Hydrogeology: sustainable management of groundwater resources implies an adequate knowledge of water sources. As aquifers are important source of drinking water (30% of total freshwater resources at global level), field data acquisition – interpretation, quality and quantity monitoring, are key aspects supporting its management. Through elaboration of conceptual models, classic hydrogeology deals, among others, with resources allocation, wellhead protection, and vulnerability assessment.

Water geochemistry: isotopic characteristics of water as well as dissolved substances can be used to obtain information about dynamics of hydrogeological systems.

Origin of water, water – rock interaction, quality decay processes and pollution sources identification are only some of the issues that can be addressed by using geochemistry.

Groundwater Modeling: the use of mathematical models in became common in groundwater studies, as they are powerful tools for management.

If founded on physically based conceptual models, and adequately calibrated, they can be used for making prediction that consider different scenarios.

Simulating the response of analyzed systems to changes in precipitation, exploitation rates, pollution incidents among others stress factors.

Geographical Information Systems (GIS): by using GIS environmental data, can be modeled in order to understand several kind of phenomena.

In the field of water resources management it is widely used in watershed studies, irrigation, water budgets.

GIS are used to produce thematic cartography supporting activities of decision makers.

Water analyses, distribution and disinfection during emergency situations.

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