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Forest conservation in maintaining water quality of watersheds

Grant number: 13/03586-6
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2013
Effective date (End): February 15, 2017
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Forestry Resources and Forestry Engineering - Nature Conservation
Principal Investigator:Carlos Alberto Vettorazzi
Grantee:Kaline de Mello
Host Institution: Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):14/19093-1 - Water quality modeling for tropical agricultural watersheds, BE.EP.DR


The conversion of natural ecosystems in urban areas and farmlands is a major cause of environmental degradation and the adverse impacts on natural resources. The native vegetation in watersheds plays an important role for the conservation of water resources, and seen the growing demand for water and concern about its future availability, studies on the relationship of how the forest conservation contributes to the maintenance of this resource is essential for understanding of ecosystem services and providing important information for decision-making and management of watersheds. Thus, this project aims to assess the influence of the conservation of forests in maintaining the water quality of watersheds, relating the land cover and conservation of native vegetation with water quality parameters. With the results of the research are expected to generate important information for decision-making and public policy formulation related to watershed management, including conservation and restoration of forests aimed at long-term availability of water resources. (AU)

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Scientific publications (4)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
DE MELLO, KALINE; VALENTE, ROBERTA AVERNA; RANDHIR, TIMOTHY O.; VETTORAZZI, CARLOS ALBERTO. Impacts of tropical forest cover on water quality in agricultural watersheds in southeastern Brazil. ECOLOGICAL INDICATORS, v. 93, p. 1293-1301, . (13/03586-6)
KALINE DE MELLO; DANILO RIBEIRO DA COSTA; ROBERTA AVERNA VALENTE; CARLOS ALBERTO VETTORAZZI. Multicriteria Evaluation for Protected Area Definition Aiming at Water Quality Improvement. Floresta e Ambiente, v. 25, n. 3, . (13/03586-6)
DE MELLO, KALINE; VALENTE, ROBERTA AVERNA; RIBEIRO, MARINA PANNUNZIO; RANDHIR, TIMOTHY. ffects of forest cover pattern on water quality of low-order streams in an agricultural landscape in the Pirapora river basin, Brazi. ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT, v. 194, n. 3, . (18/21612-8, 13/03586-6)
VALENTE, ROBERTA AVERNA; DE MELLO, KALINE; METEDIERI, JESSICA FERNANDEZ; AMERICO, CARLA. A multicriteria evaluation approach to set forest restoration priorities based on water ecosystem services. Journal of Environmental Management, v. 285, . (13/03586-6, 18/21612-8)
Academic Publications
(References retrieved automatically from State of São Paulo Research Institutions)
MELLO, Kaline de. Forest cover and water quality in tropical agricultural watersheds. 2017. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALA/BC) Piracicaba.

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