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Author: Fernando Fan

Hello! My name is Fernando Mainardi Fan. I am an Environmental Engineer graduated on Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), in southern Brazil. Msc in Water Resources and Environmental Sanitation from Instituto de Pesquisas Hidráulicas (IPH) at UFRGS. PhD in Water Resources and Environmental Sanitation from IPH-UFRGS. I work as a Professor from the Department of Hydraulic Works (DOH – Departamento de Obras Hidráulicas) of IPH-UFRGS. Most of my experience is related to working with geographic information systems (GIS), water resources studies, hydrological simulation, hydrological forecasting, water quality studies and modeling, groundwater studies, and sediments studies and modeling.
Short-term optimization of a tropical hydropower reservoir operation using deterministic and ensemble forecasts

Short-term optimization of a tropical hydropower reservoir operation using deterministic and ensemble forecasts

Contributed by Fernando Fan, member of the LSH Research Group Guest Columnist Team As we said in previous posts, hydropower is the most important source of electricity in Brazil and it is subject to the natural variability of water yield. Its extremes lead to the risks of power production deficits during droughts, and to safety issues in the reservoir and downstream river reaches during flood events. One building block of the proper management of hydropower assets is the short-term forecast…

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Ensemble forecasting experiments in a medium size tropical basin using MASTER rainfall forecasts

Ensemble forecasting experiments in a medium size tropical basin using MASTER rainfall forecasts

Contributed by Adalberto Meller and Fernando Fan, members of the LSH Research Group Guest Columnist Team As we have seem in our first post, great advances occurred in Brazil in the last years concerning the development of flood alert systems, but still today there is a low number of operational systems in terms of territory coverage, especially those using a probabilistic approach. One of the first researches in Brazil to evaluate ensemble flood forecasts in South America was presented by…

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Evaluation of an operational high resolution HEPS to a southern Brazilian basin

Evaluation of an operational high resolution HEPS to a southern Brazilian basin

Contributed by Vinicius Siqueira, member of the LSH Research Group Guest Columnist Team. CPTEC is the Brazilian center for weather and Climate Studies (Centro de Previsão de Tempo e Estudos Climáticos). It has recently developed a high-resolution version of the Eta meteorological model (5 km), with five members combining different parameterization schemes and boundary conditions. Currently, the ensemble forecasts are operationally issued at the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE) twice a day (00 UTC and 12 UTC), and…

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Hydrological forecasting needs and practices in Brazil

Hydrological forecasting needs and practices in Brazil

Contributed by Fernando Fan and members of the LSH Research Group Guest Columnist Team Brazil is the largest country in South America, covering 8,515,767 km2, which corresponds to 47% of the continent. Two of the world’s major river basins are located in Brazil, namely the Amazon and La Plata, and much of its rivers and water resources are shared among Brazil and several South American neighborhood nations. Although part of the international attention on Brazilian water resources normally focuses on the…

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