Staff Profile:Dr Rodolfo Nobrega

  • Data assimilation of in situ and remote sensed data
  • Design, development and implementation of a terrestrial ecosystem model for drylands
Areas of Interest:
  • Ecosystem modelling and land surface processes
  • Catchment hydrology (water quality and management)
  • Global water, energy and CO2 fluxes
  • Remote sensing
Research groups / Centres:

Environmental Science Research Division

Land Surface Processes Cluster

Key Facts:

Rodolfo is a civil engineer with training in hydraulics, hydrology and water management. His main research focus on the assessment and modelling of ecosystems in the (sub)tropics. Rodolfo completed his PhD in Geography at the University of Goettingen (Germany), where he held a position in the research and coordination teams of the BMBF CarBioCial project in the Amazon and Cerrado biomes. During this time, he also supervised M.Sc. theses and led BSc. and MSc. courses on catchment hydrology, and water and land management.

During his BSc. (Brazil) and MSc. studies (Brazil and USA), Rodolfo had the opportunity to be involved in many different fields of water resources and hydrology. He worked in research and development projects on soil-water conservation (, weather generators and reservoir balance models (recognized with a prize from Hewlett-Packard/UFCG), cloud computing-based ensemble forecasts for early warning systems for droughts (in the media:, conducted water quality monitoring initiatives, and established rainwater harvesting guidelines and methods, including field-based case studies in Cape Verde, Japan and the USA.

Rodolfo’s research interests in the (sub)tropics are aligned with his motivation to provide scientific support for decision-making processes and policy development in scarce-data developing countries. In these regions, Rodolfo has been working with several aspects of hydrology and water management that affect minorities in Africa and Brazil, specifically assessing the impacts of droughts in water services on marginal communities and empowering these communities with water management skills (Cisternas project).

Rodolfo joined the department in October 2017. He works on the NERC/FAPESP funded project “Nordeste: New science for a neglected biome” with scientists from the Imperial College London, University of Leeds, University of Exeter, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and renowned Brazilian research institutions. In this project, Rodolfo is developing a bespoke Caatinga ecosystem model to represent the energy, water vapour and CO2 fluxes of this biome. This model is being used to test recently developed theories of optimal allocation of water, energy, nutrients and carbon at the ecosystem level.

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