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Ms. Angela Livino
School of Engineering and Applied Science
29 Oxford St
Cambridge MA 02138
Office: 128 Pierce Hall
Tel: (1) 617-496-4653
Group affiliation: Giorgio Ruffolo Doctoral Research Fellow in Sustainability Science
Angela Livino is a Giorgio Ruffolo Doctoral Research Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program and based at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a Fulbright Fellow. She is doctoral student in water resources at the Civil Engineering Program at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Her work assesses the impact of changed Amazon water balances for precipitation and hydrology on the operation of hydropower stations and explores how the design and operation of hydropower plants might be modified to adapt to changed hydrological patterns. Angela is contributing to collaborative work with the Initiative on Sustainable Development in Amazonia: Land Use and the Hydrologic Cycle led by Professor Paul Moorcroft. She was a senior advisor on energy supply at Empresa de Pesquisa Energetica, Brazil’s agency for power planning (2005-2012). Prior to that she was a senior engineer at Operador Nacional do Sisetma Electicos (1998-2001). She received a Masters of Engineering in water resources (2001) and a Bachelor of Sciences in Civil Engineering (1999) from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Her masters work developed a stochastic model to forecast daily stream flow in to be used in operating programming of hydropower plants in Brazil. Her faculty host is John Briscoe.
Analyzing the impacts of climate change on Amazon rivers and the implications for energy development
This work analyzes water management, land use, and hydropower potential in tributaries of the Amazon River. In Brazil there are several major hydroelectric projects under construction or in development that will provide over 25,000 MW of new hydropower capacity. This includes dams on the Xingu, Madeira, Tapajos, and Tocantins rivers. This work aims to develop hydrological criteria to design and operate hydropower plants in the Amazon rivers of Brazil. This work builds on work underway in Professor Paul Moorcroft’s lab to model the effect of climate change on vegetation and the resulting impact on regional water balances. This work is being done by Professor Paul Moorcroft’s lab. The work assesses the impact of changed Amazon water balances for precipitation and hydrology on the operation of hydropower stations and explores how the design and operation of hydropower plants might be modified to adapt to changed hydrological patterns.