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Dr. Fabio Farinosi
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Department
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Group affiliation: Associate
Fabio Farinosi is an Associate working with colleagues at Harvard’s Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Department appointed through Harvard Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government. He is Scientific Officer, Water and Resources Unit in the Sustainable Resources Directorate of the European Commission’s DG Joint Research Centre. His research assesses the impacts of global changes in climate combined with regional changes in land use on water resources in the Amazon, with focus on the consequences for agriculture 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 collaborative Initiative on Sustainable Development of the Amazon and its Surrounding Regions: The Interplay of Changing Climate, Hydrology, and Land Use led by Professor Paul Moorcroft. Fabio was Giorgio Ruffolo Doctoral Research Fellow in Sustainability Science between 2013 and 2015 and continued as Post-Doctoral Fellow until June 2016. Prior to joining Harvard, 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. Fabio holds a PhD in the Science and Management of Climate Change Programme and a Master’s degree in Environmental Economics, both from the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in Italy. During his studies, he spent a semester at the Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal, and was part of the Globalization Programme at Venice International University. His host at Harvard is Paul Moorcroft.
Future climate and land use change impacts on river flows in the Tapajós Basin in the Brazilian Amazon
The objective of this study is to understand the contributions and cumulative effects of two contrasting future drivers of the Tapajós hydrology: climate change, expected to reduce river flows, and deforestation, expected to increase surface runoff. The question we aim to answer is how future scenarios of climate and land use affect the water budget components (precipitation, evapotranspiration, and runoff) and consequently river flows. We are also trying to understand how rainfed agriculture in the upper Tapajos river basin is expected to be sensitive to climate change and explore the possibility of an agricultural water demand for irrigation, with implication for competitive uses, such as hydropower.