Paulo Vitor Ribeiro Marques da Silva

Research Project Title: Investigating relations between land use and soil erosion using innovative low-cost, open-source and Internet of Things technologies

Research Project Summary
The project will investigate the dynamics of soil erosion on hillslopes and suspended sediment sources in peri-urban areas: what are the spatio-temporal dynamics of soil erosion in relation to land use; where is sediment supply coming from in the urban context; and how much is generated? Based on a comparative analysis of river catchments involved in long-term research observatories in Australia (Melbourne) and France (Lyon), this project will develop and implement low-cost sensor networks (e.g. water level, turbidity, and colour) in headwater streams to quantify dynamic sediment yields and fraction derived from each source.

Student Profile
I have a Masters in Civil Engineering in the area of concentration of Water Resources and Environment by COPPE / UFRJ and a Postgraduate Degree in Environmental Risk Analysis from UFF. I also hold a degree in Agricultural Engineering from UFRRJ.  I have worked in drainage projects, land regularization, irrigation, dams design, state water resources plan, Paraíba do Sul river basin plan, etc. Currently, I am a hydrologist in the Secretariat of Civil Defense of the city of Marica and also a university professor of civil engineering and environmental engineering courses. My objective is to develop and evaluate projects in the area of Engineering, in the subjects of Water Resources, Sedimentology, and Environment.

Project Duration: 48 months

Supervisors: Tim Fletcher and Kathryn Russell (Melbourne), and Etienne Cossart and Frederic Cherqui (Lyon)

Home University: University of Melbourne

Partner University: University of Lyon