Argentina

Impacts of SRM on the La Plata Basin’s hydroclimate in South America

Project summary

In Argentina, Dr Inés Camilloni and her team are researching the regional and local effects that SRM could have on the hydroclimate of the La Plata basin. The basin, located in southeastern South America, is the fourth largest in the world and home to more than 160 million people. Freshwater availability is an important climate challenge, and many economic activities rely on water availability, including agriculture, river navigability, and hydroelectric production. Any variations in the water cycle could therefore have significant impacts on the basin’s local economies. The team’s research—which spans from water level changes in the Iberá wetlands to the urban climate of Buenos Aires’ metropolitan area—builds on their earlier work on SRM (2018-2021) and is expected to stimulate collaboration across disciplines as well as provide policy-relevant insights by highlighting risks, opportunities, and possible responses. The project is hosted at CIMA, the Centro de Investigaciones del Mar y la Atmósfera (University of Buenos Aires and CONICET).
Río de La Plata estuary. Photo: NASA
Río de La Plata estuary. Photo: NASA

Team members

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Dr Ines Angela Camilloni​

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.
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Dr Carla Gulizia

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.
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Dr Natalia Montroull

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.

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Dr Ramiro Saurral

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).
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Dr Rafael Santiago Seoane

University of Buenos Aires

Rafael Santiago Seoane holds a PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences from the University of La Coruña. Spain; an M.S. in Planning and Engineering of Hydraulic Resources from Simón Bolivar University, Venezuela; and a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) Argentina. He has researched in the National Institute of Water Science and Technology (INA), and the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET). Presently he is a guest professor and researcher in the Center for Transdisciplinary Water Studies (CETA) in the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). His research focusses on the application of statistical methods in the field of hydrology and hydroclimatology and the analysis of data from climate models and climate impact models.
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Ana Belen Sanchez Schütze

University of Buenos Aires & CONICET

Ana Belen Sanchez Schütze is a PhD Student at the Center for Sea and Atmospheric Research (CIMA / CONICET-UBA-UMI-IFAECI). Her work deals with climate change in big cities of Argentina. Her research is mainly focused on the difference in precipitation between rural and urban areas and the potential effects of precipitation under different projections and emission scenarios.
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Malena Sol Lozada Montanari

University of Buenos Aires & CONICET

Malena Sol Lozada Montanari is a PhD Student at the Center for Sea and Atmospheric Research (CIMA / CONICET-UBA-UMI-IFAECI). Her research topic focuses on assess the relationship between the consequences of climate change and the climate in big cities of Argentina, studying the potential effects on the temperatures of different projections and emission scenarios.