Argentina

Hydrological impacts of solar radiation management in the La Plata Basin in South America

Project summary

Fresh water availability is one of the key climate challenges in the La Plata Basin in south-eastern South America. The river basin is home to more than 160 million people and is the fourth largest in the world. A large fraction of the economic activities within the basin rely on water availability, including agriculture, river navigability and hydroelectric production. Therefore, any variation in the water cycle of the basin could have significant impacts on the local economies. During the last few decades, this region has been subject to positive trends in many variables relevant for socio-economic activities like precipitation, river flows and floods, as well as extreme temperatures. Dr Camilloni and team will be researching the possible effects of SRM in the hydroclimate of the La Plata basin. The project is hosted at the University of Buenos Aires & CONICET (CIMA).

Río de La Plata estuary. Photo credit: Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center (https://eol.jsc.nasa.gov).

The team

Dr Ines Angela CamilloniDr Ines Angela Camilloni (Argentine) – Principal Investigator
University of Buenos Aires & CONICET

Ines Camilloni is a Full Professor at the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the School of Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and an Independent Researcher of the Argentina National Research Council (CONICET), Argentina. She is currently the Director of the Master in Environmental Sciences (UBA). She has a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires. Her research focuses on climate variability and change in South America, acting on the following subjects: climate scenarios, climate change impacts, cities and climate change. She has authored several peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, book chapters and books. She has participated in or coordinated many research projects related to these subjects. She has been Lead Author of the IPCC AR5-WG1 and SR15 reports and currently is Review Editor of the IPCC AR6-WG1.
Dr Carla GuliziaDr Carla Gulizia (Argentine)
University of Buenos Aires & CONICET

Dr Carla Gulizia holds a permanent position as Assistant Researcher at the Argentinean National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), working at the Research Center of the Sea and the Atmosphere (CIMA/CONICET-UBA). She is also a Professor’s Assistant at the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Faculty of Science, at the University of Buenos Aires (DCAO/FCEN-UBA). Carla has Licentiate (2004-2009) and PhD (2009-2014) degrees in Atmospheric Sciences, both from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), and conducted her postdoctoral research (2014-2017) at CIMA/CONICET-UBA in Argentina. Her latest research focused on the study of the hydroclimatology of south-eastern South America and its response to different local and regional climatic forces in the context of climate change. She has extensive experience in managing and analysing large datasets (e.g. Global Climate Models simulations) as well as in developing rainfall-runoff statistical models, with the main objective of advancing the assessment of the vulnerability of water resources in the region.
Dr Natalia MontroullDr Natalia Montroull (Argentine)
University of Buenos Aires & CONICET

Natalia Montroull is a Research Scientist at the Center for Sea and Atmospheric Research (CIMA / CONICET-UBA-UMI-IFAECI) and a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires. She has a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires. Her research topic focuses on the assessment of climate change impacts on water resources. More specifically, she currently works developing future hydroclimatic scenarios for La Plata Basin.
Dr Ramiro SaurralDr Ramiro Saurral (Argentine)
University of Buenos Aires & CONICET

Ramiro Saurral holds a PhD from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). He works on climate variability focused on the Southern Hemisphere and has extensive experience on the study of the role played by climate on hydrology. He has also expertise in the assessment of the potential effects of climate change on climate and water management and availability over South America. Up to date, he has published more than 20 papers in peer-reviewed journals in the area and has established collaborations with different research groups at the University of Washington (USA), the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP, Italy) and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC, Spain).