Hydroenergy and Climate Change Workshop

Buenos Aires, Argentina | July 29, 2014


part 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).

Participants

Attendees at Hydroenergy and Climate Change Workshop, Buenos Aires, July 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


River basins of southeastern South America

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


Workshop Overview

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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

hydroenergy & climate change

Hidroenergia y cambio climatico (pdf)

Presentation by Marcelo Saguier




Elevational profile of Uruguay River

Hydropower development and the Uruguay River case (pdf)

Presentation by Celio Bermann




Map of Uruguay River basin

Hydropower development and the Uruguay River case (pdf)

Presentation by Victor Pochat




Bodies of research

Interdisciplinary work for global environmental change (pdf)

Presentation by Andrea Gerlak




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