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Interactions of urban resistance, hydrology and public health issues

Grant number: 19/18294-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2020
Effective date (End): June 30, 2021
Field of knowledge:Interdisciplinary Subjects
Principal Investigator:Luciana de Resende Londe
Grantee:Davi Gonçalves Sanches
Home Institution: Centro Nacional de Monitoramento e Alertas de Desastres Nacionais (CEMADEN). Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia, Inovações e Comunicações (Brasil). Cachoeira Paulista , SP, Brazil


Interdisciplinary research is consolidated as a sensible approach to interrelated modern social problems, concerning areas such as environmental health, public health, transportation, urban mobility, vulnerability, and disaster science. Among the many existing relationships, the flow of people (urban mobility information) can help to estimate the dynamic exposure to disasters and the risk of proliferation of communicable diseases such as Dengue, Zica and Chicungunha. This project proposes a conceptual analysis that may support the multidisciplinary discussion that this approach demands, exploring concepts such as susceptibility, receptivity, vulnerability and resilience, and tools such as conceptual modeling, mathematics and geoprocessing. The city of São José dos Campos, in São Paulo, will be the study case for this research. Located between large financial, industrial and tourist centers, it presents a high daily flow of people, which makes it an area very subject to new epidemics and their impacts on the management of public health policies in the municipality. This research intends to explore these connections, building on academic efforts already made to understand epidemics such as Dengue and adding other factors to the analysis, such as urban mobility, transport infrastructure and disaster risks, proposing new perspectives on public policies to mitigate the occurrence and recurrence of disasters and epidemics in the municipality.