Hydroenergy & Climate Change Workshop

Buenos Aires, Argentina | July 29, 2014

09/10/14 11:04:am

An activity of the project
" Advancing Good Practices in Building Interdisciplinarity: Moving Towards User-Oriented Science" supported by the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI

Marcelo Saguier and Andrea Gerlak, co-principal investigators

This work was carried out with the aid of a grant from the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI)
CRN3036 which is supported by the US National Science Foundation (Grant GEO-1128040).

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PARTICIPANTS
Hydroenergy and Climate Change workshop convened in Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 29, 2014

Back row (l to r): Fernando Brunstein - Victor Pochat - Victor Cussac - Marcelo Saguier (project co-PI) - 
Robin Larsimont

Front row standing (l to r): Marco Aurelio Dos Santos - Silvina Carrizo - Leonardo Orlando - Diego Rodríguez - Carlos Fulco - Kathleen Hancock - Facundo Martín - Andrea Gerlak (project co-PI) - Alcides Faria

Front kneeling: Maximiliano Bertoni (left) and Héctor Roncati

Participants or network members not shown: Celio Bermann - Lucía Mochi - Elma Montaña - Elisangela Soldatelli - Oscar Thomas - Holm Thiessen


Uruguay River Basin

The Uruguay River basin -- which comprises portions of Uruguay, Argentina, and Brazil -- is the focus for this project. Map source: UNESCO ( jpg)


Workshop Overview

REPORT & AGENDA (pdf)

Introduction

A group of some 20 academic researchers, public water officials, and representatives of several nongovernmental organizations (see photo above) convened in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in July 2014 to participate in the workshop, Hydroenergy and Climate Change.

The workshop is the first of several networking meetings to be held under the auspices of the project, "Advancing Good Practices in Building Interdisciplinarity: Moving Towards User-Oriented Science," supported by the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI).

Goals

The goal of this initial workshop was to identify and frame global change research questions in the context of hydropower development and water-energy futures in South America.

Presentations & Discussions

Three of of the participants (Celio Bermann, Victor Pochat, and Andrea Gerlak) presented talks (see below), providing background for the workshop discussions on hydropower development and climate change in South America with particular attention to the Uruguay River.

They engaged in activities to formulate disciplinary and interdisciplinary research questions to contribute to greater interdisciplinary research for global environmental change.

Outcomes

As a result of the workshop, a collaborative network among the participants was created.

The workshop is the first activity of a three-year joint research project managed by the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona (Andrea Gerlak, co-PI), and the Department of International Relations of FLACSO/Argentina – Latin American School of Social Sciences (Marcelo Saguier, co-PI) and funded by the IAI.

Future Activities

The Buenos Aires workshop established a collaborative network of individuals to continue to work on these topics. Future activities include:

  • 2015 – Paper presentation at ISA convention, New Orleans
  • 2015 – Workshop in Argentina with the presence of stakeholders (date to be confirmed)
  • 2016 – Workshop in Arizona (date to be confirmed)
  • More Information

    For additional information about the project, see the blog hidropolitica.wordpress.com .


    Presentations

     Hydroenergia y Cambio Climatico (pdf) by Marcelo Saguier

     Hydropower Development and the Uruguay River Case (ppt) by Celio Bermann

     Hydropower Development and the Uruguay River Case (ppt) by Victor Pochat

     Interdisciplinary Work for Global Environmental Change (ppt) by Andrea Gerlak


    Project Blog

     Hidropolitica (link)


    Principle Investigators

    Andrea Gerlak, Udall Center visiting assistant professor and director of academic development with the International Studies Association

    Marcelo Saguier, research fellow at Argentina’s National Science and Technical Research Council (CONICET) and senior researcher at the Department of International Relations of the Latin American School of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Buenos Aires


    Network Members

    Celio Bermann, Universidad de Sao Paul, Brazil
    Maximiliano Bertoni, Salto Grande Dam (Complejo Hidroeléctrico de Salto Grande) 
    Fernando Brunstein, architect, Argentina
    Silvina Carrizo, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina
    Victor Cussac, Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Argentina
    Marco Aurelio dos Santos, Universidad Federal de Río de Janeiro, Brazil
    Alcides Faria, institutional organizer, Brazil
    Carlos Fulco, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina
    Andrea Gerlak (project co-PI), University of Arizona, USA
    Kathleen Hancock, University of California, San Diego, USA
    Robin Larsimont, Inst. de Ciencias Sociales y Humanas, Mendoza, & Univ. de Buenos Aires
    Facundo Martín, National University of Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina
    Lucía Mochi, Latin American School of Social Sciences (FLACSO), Argentina
    Leonardo Orlando, Sciences Po Paris and National University of Rosario, Argentina
    Victor Pochat, UNESCO (ret.), Argentina
    Diego Rodríguez, attorney, Argentina
    Héctor Roncati, Yacyretá Binational Dam, Argentina
    Marcelo Saguier (project co-PI), Latin American Sch. of Social Sciences (FLACSO), Argentina
    Elisangela Soldatelli, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina


    Advisory Group

    Ken Conca, American University, USA
    Enrique Leff, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México
    Maria Silvia Muylaert, Instituto Virtual Internacional de Mudanças Globais, Brasil
    Patricia Pinho, Centre for Earth System Science, National Inst. for Space Research, Brasil
    Christopher Scott, University of Arizona, USA
    Cecilia Tortajada, International Water Resources Association

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