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  Folha Amazônica

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Activity Description

Educational Materials


  • Rivers Research Groups Web Site

    This website contains a variety of information about this science team activities, including educational and outreach materials.

Formal Training


  • This team has established cooperation with the Universidade Luterana do Brasil (ULBRA) and the Universidade Federal de Rondônia (UNIR) in Ji-Paraná, Rondônia, Brazil. Groups of students and professors from these universities are being trained in techniques of field sampling and analysis. This training provides students with necessary skills for acceptance in competitive programs.

    • Nei Kavaguichi Leite
      A former undergraduate student at UNIR is an example of this set up. After receiving training for a year, he was accepted at the Master program of CENA-USP. His research focuses on "Land use/cover changes in the Ji-Paraná basin and its effects on the river biogeochemistry". After completion of his Master program, he returned to UNIR to supervise the chemistry laboratory, granted to UNIR by this team.

    Other students and post-docs involved in research and training programs under the supervision of this science team:

    • Anthony Aufdenkampe
      Post-doc at the University of Washington, USA. He works on The Role of Sorptive Processes in the Organic Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles of the Amazon River Basin;

    • Maria Victoria Ramos Ballester
      Post-doc at CENA-USP working on LULC: From patterns to process: land use and land cover changes and its effects on the biogeochemistry of surface waters of tropical rivers in western Amazônia in Ji-Paraná, Rondônia;

    • Marcelo Bernandes
      Post-doc at CENA-USP working on Organic matter composition of rivers of the Ji-Paraná basin;

    • Marcos Alexandre Bolson
      Undergraduate student from the Federal University of Rondônia (UNIR), currently pursuing a Masters degree focusing on Carbon dynamics in two rivers of Rondônia with different land use/cover;

    • Nilton Bonele
      Ph.D. student from ULBRA, in Ji-Paraná working on The biogeochemistry of the Urupá River in Rondônia, Brazil;

    • Sérgio Cândido de Gouveia Neto
      Undergraduate student at UNIR working on the Temporal variability of the water quality of two rivers of Rondônia with different land use/cover;

    • Lais Hanada
      Masters student at the "Ecologia de Agroecossitemas" program at CENA-USP studying Land use and land cover changes at the agricultural frontier in western Amazônia, the Ji-Paraná River Basin, Rondônia;

    • Gelson de Macedo
      Ph.D. student at ULBRA in Ji-Paraná, Rondônia studying theBiogeochemical effects of land use/cover changes at the interface land-water in the Urupá river, Ji-Paraná, Rondônia; RO;

    • Sonya Remington
      Masters student at the University of Washington, USA studying Carbon transport through the Ji-Paraná River system, using the VIC hydrology model;

    • André Marcondes Toledo
      Ph.D. candidate at CENA-USP, working on the Environmental diagnosis of the Ji-Paraná river basin, in Rondônia;

    • Daniel de Castro Victoria
      Undergraduate student at the Agronomy program at CENA-USP. He developed his TCC (Trabalho de Conclusão de Curso) titledUsing GIS and the Thornthwaite hydric balance to estimate the potential evapotranspiration in the Ji- Paraná river basin (RO).

Information Dissemination in Popular Media


  • Outgassing from Amazonian rivers and wetlands as a large tropical source of atmospheric CO2, Nature, 416, 617-620, 2002

    This article, by Drs. Jeffrey Richey, John Melack, Anthony Aufdenkampe, Maria Victoria Ballester, and Laura L. Hess, received extensive coverage on Brazilian and international press.

    In Brazil, it was featured in the following articles in major newspapers:

    • Rios da Amazônia são fonte de gás carbônico, published on Folha de São Paulo, in April 2002;

    • Gás Carbônico em Rios Amazônicos Surpreende Cientistas, published on O Estado de São Paulo, on April 11, 2002;

    In the international press:

    • Balancing the carbon features on the "Bangkok Post", on April 22, 2002;

    • On CNN, USA Today, and other popular news sources in the USA.

    The study was also featured in the article Escape from the Amazon, by Rebecca Lindsey, published in NASA publication The Earth Observatory Web Site.

Internship and Exchange Programs


  • Canadian Student visited CENA-USP, Brazil

    Rebekkah Coburn, a Canadian student from the University of Washington, USA, served as an intern at CENA-USP, in Piracicaba, SP, Brazil. The work that she accomplished during her internship titled "Land use and Land cover mapping of the Ji-Paraná river basin".

Short Courses / Seminars / Workshops / Conferences


  • Field activities

    Several training courses including hands-on activities at the research sites in Manaus, Cuiabá, and Ji-Paraná were taught to LBA students by Dr. Alex Krusche (CENA-USP).

  • Lectures on Carbon Fluxes and Modeling

    Several talks about this subject addressed to the lay public were presented by Dr. Jeff Richey in Cuiabá. The events were organized by the Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso (UFMT).

Theses and Dissertations


  • Occupation and land use in the Ji-Paraná River basin (Rondônia): socio-economic and agricultural survey

    Undergraduate dissertation (TCC) developed by Renata Marcondes under the supervision of this science team at CENA-USP to meet the undergraduate requirements in Economics at CENA-USP.


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