Climate and Landscape Change in the Pantanal: assessing environmental vulnerabilities and future water security in Brazil's wetland wilderness
Under the Researcher Links scheme offered within the Newton Fund, the British Council. Researcher Links scheme we will be holding a workshop on the above theme in Brasilia on 20 – 24 July, 2016. The workshop is being coordinated by Prof. Carlos Saito (University of Brasilia) and Dr. Bronwen Whitney (Northumbria University Newcastle), and will have contributions from other leading researchers from the UK and Brazil. We are now inviting Early Career Researchers (defined as having up to10 years post-PhD research experience) from the UK or Brazil to apply to attend this workshop. All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Newton Researcher Links programme.
The world’s largest tropical wetland, the Pantanal, located in the heart of South America, is dependent on seasonal rainfall to maintain its vast expanses of flooded ecosystems. Recognised as a UNESCO biosphere reserve, its landscape also provides an economic base for its rural inhabitants, but these resources are threatened by climate change. Projected climate change, specifically higher variability in rainfall, could have devastating effects on the hydrology of this dynamic system and the livelihoods it supports. Assessing the environmental vulnerabilities and water security in the Pantanal requires a holistic understanding of landscape dynamism in the Pantanal and its response to increasing climate and development pressures, integrated with the cultural frameworks and local perceptions about changing scenarios.
The workshop aims to establish new international and interdisciplinary partnerships to target this research priority and help secure the future of this globally significant region. We invite participants from a multitude of disciplines to apply, including (but not restricted to), climate scientists, hydrologists, ecologists, biologists, sociologists, and conservationists.
The resulting network of Pantanal researchers will take a three-pronged approach to engaging with relevant stakeholders:
- Networking & Establishment of new collaborations;
- Integrate multiple disciplinary perspectives;
- Identify priority research areas and target funding opportunities.
Workshop themes include:
- climate change and water security;
- hydrology and flood pulse;
- tourism and environmental impacts;
- invasive species and impacts on biodiversity;
- modelling climate-landscape dynamics;
- socioenvironmental conflicts;
- the role of environmental education.
To apply, please fill in the online application form by 24 June 2016.
Further enquiries can be made by contacting the workshop coordinators:
Dr. Bronwen Whitney – firstname.lastname@example.org (UK coordinator) or
Prof. Carlos Saito – email@example.com (Brazil coordinator)