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Development of a decision support system in the management of reservoirs

Grant number: 00/07379-5
Support type:Research Grants - Innovative Research in Small Business - PIPE
Duration: October 01, 2000 - February 29, 2004
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology - Ecosystems Ecology
Principal Investigator:José Galizia Tundisi
Grantee:José Galizia Tundisi
Company:Instituto Internacional de Ecologia de São Carlos Ltda (IIE)
City: São Carlos

Abstract

This project intends to produce a decision support system for the management of river basins and reservoirs, consolidating scientific experiments and management practice of these systems during the last twenty years. The project will be consolidated by an international team involving researchers from four countries: Brazil, Denmark, Spain and the Czech Republic, and which has experience of scientific research and management programs for reservoirs and hydrographic basins. The world situation of water resources, especially reservoirs (7,500 km3 stored in all of the continents), demands the organization of adequate, optimized and economic systems of management due to the economic impact produced by the deterioration of water quality and the cost of treatment and recovery of ecosystems. There is also a great need to integrate scientific research and management into one combined and compact group, which produces innovation and alternatives with economic and social impact. The decision support system will be organized beginning with the surrounding conditions that involve hydrographic basins, reservoirs, force functions, hydrological data, climatology, physics and chemistry and potential interactions with users. Manuals, courses, software for training and operation of reservoirs will be produced for environmental and waterway resource managers. (AU)