About the Platform

Guanabara Bay: A Living Laboratory for Sustainable Development

The Baía Viva project has as main goal the development and implementation of an operational digital platform for the provision of environmental, social and economic information in and around the Guanabara Bay region. The diagnostic and prognostic information generated comes from different sources, such as: historical databases, in situ and remote data acquisition platforms and numerical computational models.

In addition to the dissemination of such information, the digital platform also involves extension, technical and academic training activities in different research areas. Such activities allow the continuous operation, development and optimization of the platform involving professionals and students from different educational levels.

The digital platform is public available, allowing both the visualization and acquisition of relevant information for different segments of society that use the region of Guanabara Bay and its surroundings. The project aims to attend demands in different sectors such as: environment, mobility, health, education and others seeking alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The project is physically based at the Laboratory of Computational Methods in Engineering (LAMCE), located in the UFRJ Technology Park and has the partnership of other laboratories and educational and research institutions. It is noteworthy that the project represents a pioneering effort associated with the regional initiatives of the Atlantic International Research Center (AIR Center).

Research Areas

Data acquisition

Remote and local data acquisition platforms will be used to monitor in real time the marine and atmospheric conditions of the Guanabara Bay region and its surroundings. Such information, besides being used directly for studies that aim to understand the environmental dynamics of the region, is also used to evaluate the predictions produced by the implemented numerical models. In addition, data of other nature such as social, economic and health will be stored, made available and used for future monitoring of the study region on such aspects.

Environmental Modeling

Atmospheric and oceanic regional models are used to represent temporally and spatially the marine and atmospheric dynamics of the Guanabara Bay region. The models are executed in an operational manner ensuring predictions of up to 48 hours for conditions of surface sea currents, sea level rise, waves, winds, precipitation and other variables for the region of interest. It is intended from the application of data science techniques to use the numerical results generated and the observed data acquired to identify patterns and the consequent development of prediction indices.

Training and Education

The proposed observational platform will be developed and improved from the interaction between professionals from different areas of science and students from different educational levels. Such interaction will be based on the development of monographs, dissertations and theses that potentially use the platform for the production of knowledge by investing in the technical and scientific training of researchers. In addition, extension activities involving students from the school segment will be planned in order to promote scientific culture from the knowledge of Guanabara Bay.



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