Sustainability Science Program

Fabio Farinosi

Fabio Farinosi

Mr. Fabio Farinosi
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Department
Harvard University
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Office: Moorcroft Lab, Suite 43
Tel: (1) 617-495-1621 
Group affiliation: Giorgio Ruffolo Doctoral Research Fellow in Sustainability Science

Fabio Farinosi is a Giorgio Ruffolo Doctoral Research Fellow in Sustainability Science at Harvard’s Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Department appointed through Harvard Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government. He is a doctoral student in the Science and Management of Climate Change Programme at Ca’ Foscari University in Italy. His research assesses the impacts of global changes in climate, combined with regional changes in land use and hydrology in the Amazon, on flood risk and hydropower generation in Brazil. The project aims to provide policy makers with a better understanding of the expected future impacts and enhance long-term mitigation strategies. Fabio is contributing to the collaborativeInitiative on Sustainable Development of the Amazon and its Surrounding Regions: The Interplay of Changing Climate, Hydrology, and Land Use led by Professor Paul Moorcroft. He worked as researcher in environmental economics, natural resource management, and disaster risk reduction at the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and the Euro-Mediterranean Center for Climate Change. There, he was involved in several research projects addressing natural hazard risk and impact analysis, policy assessment and implementation, water management, and analysis of climate change adaptation strategies. He collaborated with the European Environmental Agency as a member of the European Topic Centre on Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation. Fabio completed an internship at the United Nations Environment Programme - Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand. During this experience he carried out a study on community-driven rural development and community-based adaptation to climate change in Thailand. He has also worked in the private sector as an economic consultant. Fabio has a Master’s degree in Environmental Economics and a degree in Business Administration from Ca’ Foscari University. During his studies, he spent a semester at the Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal and was awarded a scholarship for the Globalization Programme at Venice International University. His host at Harvard is Paul Moorcroft.

Climate and land use change impacts on the hydrology of the Tapajos River in Brazil: consequences for the hydropower expansion plans
This project asks how Brazil’s hydropower production is, and will be, impacted by variation in hydrology, climate, and land use.

This research project explores the vulnerability of the Brazilian hydropower generation system to the variability in seasonal averages as well as changes in extreme conditions of precipitation, surface runoff, and temperature. Climate and land use changes are expected to seriously impact the hydrology of the country, with consistent implications in terms of hydropower production. The study, focused in the Tapajos River Basin, assesses the sensitivity of the system to variations in the reservoirs’ storage capacity, a factor able to buffer the impact of seasonal flow variability. The analysis of this variable, crucial for determining the vulnerability of the system, will provide a deeper comprehension of the characteristics needed for more resilient hydropower development.

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