Advanced Geospatial Analysis Methods

The group´s activities focus on the following lines of research: Spatial Diffusion and Time Cartography, Spatial Epidemiology, Spatial Modeling and Mapping of Environmental Risks and Spatial Remote Sensing and Terrestrial Mapping.

Leader(s) of the group

Marcos César Ferreira

Department

DGEO

Formation Year

Analysis of Sedimentary Basins

The Group applies sedimentology, paleontology and paleopedology as means for characterising sedimentary rocks and their content. The main goals are:

  1. The definition of geometric models of sedimentary rocks.
  2. The evolution of depositional and paleopedogenetic processes and the definition of control factors.
  3. Taphonomic studies of plant remains.
  4. The evolution of phanerozoic vegetation in South America.

Due to the fact most of the Earth´s non-renewable resources lie in sedimentary rock, both primary and secondary, the spatial position of the sedimentary rock and the factors that control the formation itself are of prime importance. The part of the group dedicated to sedimentology is currently working on geometric models and sedimentary rock sequences originating in (1) clastic platform systems; and (2) old and recent desert systems; and (3) on the physical simulation of gravitational depositional flows in tanks. The part of the group dedicated to paleontology is working on (1) taphonomic studies of phyto-macro-remains in current continental depositional systems; and (2) the development of new methodologies for paleophytogeographic analyses. The aim is to obtain a better understanding of new forms of analyses of fossil records that might help us find out more about the evolution of life on planet Earth.

Leader(s) of the group

Giorgio Basilici, Fresia Soledad Ricardi Torres Branco

Department

DGRN

Formation Year

Analysis, planning and management of hydrographic basins with an emphasis on areas subject to floods and droughts

This research group is involved in the execution of projects related to the study of floods and droughts and their relation to the participative management of hydrographic basins, in particular the performance of hydrographic basin committees.

Leader(s) of the group

Raul Reis Amorim, Gustavo Barreto Franco

Department

DGEO

Formation Year

Circles of information, Urbanisation and Territory

Research on information, urbanisation and Brazilian territory has been promising, as it has enabled us to learn about countless issues in relation to the management of the territory in the period of globalisation, the new role of the metropolises as centres of information, new urbanisation in the face of the impact of information networks, and the reorganisation of the regions in an increasingly remote-controlled manner, of corporate content. The reinvention of territorial planning, always necessary, depends on the understanding of the role of the new information variables that are remodeling society and the territory. The repercussions of the research group include: a number of scientific initiation guidelines, course conclusion and master´s monographs; publications of articles; presentations of the results of the research at national and international scientific events; organisation of the 1st Territory and Cities Seminar.

Leader(s) of the group

Adriana Maria Bernardes da Silva

Department

DGEO

Formation Year

Crustal and Metallogenetic Evolution

This group is dedicated to the recreation of the geological evolution of the Brazilian territory and adjacent areas, on a regional and local scale, with the aim of understanding the factors that control the formation of mineral deposits, thereby enabling them to define genetic models capable of subsidising mineral exploration. The group uses all the geological methods and tools (geochronology, petrology, geochemistry, isotopic geochemistry, fluid inclusions, structural geology, stratigraphy, sedimentology, geophysics, remote sensing) required for the understanding of geotectonic evolution, with a particular interest in geological controls that determine the situation, location and economic value of natural resources. The research work focuses on regions with acknowledged metallogentic potential in Brazilian territory, such as the Mineral Province of Carajas (Para), the Iron Quadrangle (Minas Gerais), the Auriferous Province of Alta Floresta (Mato Grosso) and the northeast region.

Leader(s) of the group

Elson Paiva de Oliveira, Roberto Perez Xavier

Department

DGRN

Formation Year

Environmental Analysis and Territorial Dynamics

Systemic approach applied to the analysis of natural landscape components and transformations arising from the use and occupation of the land. Geographic information systems.

Leader(s) of the group

Archimedes Perez Filho

Department

DGEO

Formation Year

Environmental and Analytical Geochemistry

This group conducts studies of geographic regions, hydrographic basins and estuary areas with the use of geochemical, geophysical and ecotoxicological approaches. The research conducted in the field of environmental geochemistry focuses on mining, urban and rural areas. The group conducts research in analytical geochemistry, experiments in the implementation of environmental mitigation and remediation technologies and the assessment of the effects of pollution on human health. The researchers advise scientific initiation, Master´s and PhD students. The group holds university extension courses, publishes teaching material, scientific books and articles, participates in Master´s and PhD boards and public tender processes. The group has research laboratories, coordinates and participates in research and development projects, organises and participates in scientific events, seminars and technical-scientific discussion lists, provides scientific and technical guidance, takes part in editorial committees and holds scientific cooperation agreements.

Leader(s) of the group

Jacinta Enzweiler, Bernardino Ribeiro de Figueiredo

Department

DGRN

Formation Year

External Geodynamics and the Environment

This group comprises researchers from different areas of expertise and conducts multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary studies with a focus on the understanding of processes related to external geodynamics and the environment. The topics researched by the group include genesis, evolution and dynamics of water, sediments, soil, regoliths and relief; and the analysis and proposal of planning mechanisms and activities, the use of land, environmental management and remediation. The group possesses physical infrastructure, including rooms and laboratories, a significant number of  undergraduate and post-graduate students, and financing from development agencies such as CNPq and FAPESP. The group holds partnerships and scientific cooperation agreements within a national and international scope, and orEsse grupo de pesquisa pretende investigar como o conhecimento das geociências pode ser levado para a educação formal e para o público em geral e as implicações desses processos para a sociedade. Isso nos mais diversos âmbitos: adaptação a mudanças ambientais, riscos naturais, planejamento urbano, gestão da água e dos outros recursos naturais, ciclos produtivos e gestão do território.ganises and participates in major scientific events on the issues being researched. The research conducted by the group is published in indexed periodicals in national and international circulation, research reports, books and book chapters.

Leader(s) of the group

Alfredo Borges de Campos

Department

DGRN

Formation Year

GAPI - Innovation Policies Analysis Group

The UNICAMP Innovation Policies Analysis Group (GAPI) has been working on the study of Science, Technology and Society relations, based on the use of approaches such as the history and sociology of science and technology, the economics of technology, public authorities and political analysis. The multidisciplinary and multi-institutional GAPI team has been working with domestic and foreign institutions and in partnership with other groups similar to UNICAMP. The activities initially conducted by GAPI focused on the development and implementation of methodologies for the Strategic Management of Innovation (the prospection and screening of opportunities for innovation, the assessment of the potential of institutions, etc) adapted to the Latin-American scenario. Within this scope, the GAPI has been offering Training Programmes for professionals involved in the formulation, execution and assessment of policies in connection with research and higher education. In accordance with the experience acquired in training public officials and advising government teams, and in the management and development of methodological instruments related to Public Authorities, Political Science, Solidarity Economy, Analysis of Systems, Creation of Scenarios, Situational Strategic Planning, etc, GAPI has been working in the field of Government Sciences and Techniques. This accrued experience and in-depth study of analytical-conceptual and methodological issues has always been related to the group´s founding concern with Science, Technology and Society relations. And it has also been related to the commitment to the training of researchers and undergraduate and post-graduate students capable of critically understanding the nature of these relations and changing them in a sense consistent with improving the public policies involved with them.

Leader(s) of the group

Rafael de Brito Dias, Renato Peixoto Dagnino

Department

DPCT

Formation Year

GEICT – Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Study Group

The Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Study Group - GEICT – consists of researchers interested in implementing theoretical-methodological tools in relation to the Social Sciences and associated areas (Anthropology, Sociology, History, Communication, etc.) to further the understanding of phenomena in connection with science and technology (S&T) in contemporary society. The group´s research interests include topics such as: social-technical controversies and governance of S&T; practices for the communication of science; environment; body, gender and science; and information and communication technologies (ICTs). One of the group´s main focuses is the application of ethnographic/qualitative methodologies to topics related to S&T. The group is the current head of the RRI Practice project in Brazil, financed by the European Commission; the group is part of VIRI - Virtual Institute of Responsible Innovation, headed by Arizona State University. The group also collaborates with the Climate Network, in the sub-network of Scientific Disclosure.

Leader(s) of the group

Marko Synésio Alves Monteiro

Department

DPCT

Formation Year

Geography of International Relations: State, Economy, Land and Regional Integration

The purpose of the group´s research is to address geoeconomic and geopolitical phenomena in Latin America using the nation-state scales and the supra-national scale (which includes the countries of the subcontinent) as a reference. Taking land formation as a analytical category, the group aims to contribute to the discussion on sovereignty and the regulatory capacity of the Latin-American countries. The main goals are: contributing to the discussion on the main changes in the role of the State and economic activities, the impact of the same on the land and the social consequences of the same; in addition to discussing the different integration processes underway on the subcontinent, observing the key players (governments, corporate companies, civil society, international organisations), with their alliances, games of interests and conflicts, as well as means of cooperation. The research also focuses on production infrastructure, security and defence, economic development and natural resources.

Leader(s) of the group

Claudete de Castro Silva Vitte, Eloi Martins Senhoras

Department

DGEO

Formation Year

Geography, Tourism and Cultural Heritage

This research group, dedicated to Geography, Tourism and Cultural Heritage, associated with the Department of Geography Urban Geography Laboratory (IG/Unicamp), is run by Professor Maria Tereza and has enjoyed the participation of undergraduate, master´s and PhD students ever since it was created in 2004. The group´s activities are based on two lines of research: a geographic approach to cultural heritage and culture, nature and traditional populations. 

Leader(s) of the group

Maria Tereza Duarte Paes

Department

DGEO

Formation Year

Geography: Epistemology, History and the Environment

The research group entitled Geography: Epistemology, History and Environment is composed of geographers and other social scientists who are concerned about the issue of geographic space and its representations, in accordance with the assertion that geographic space can be problematized in a number of ways and manners and regardless of the line of formation or speculation. As such, this group hopes to problematize the issues in relation to the history and epistemology of geography and the issue of the environment, based on dialogue between geography and the human sciences and Earth Sciences. As a main line of discussion the group strives to address the issue of the formation of the geographic episteme based on the cut of nature and how it was incorporated and transformed in the geographic debate and in the context of the philosophical formation of geography and the human sciences. The immediate development of this debate is the issue of empiricization and the theoretical, methodological discussions and the models in physical geography. Within this context, we attempt to specify the debate using geomorphology as a reference. Hence, works, colloquiums and seminars are produced aimed at problematizing and including the issue of nature in geography and physical geography within the philosophical, epistemological, methodological and even literary debate, assessing the breakdown of the same in terms of creating a geographic structure and its developments in the environment and in the teaching of geography.

Leader(s) of the group

Antonio Carlos Vitte, Kalina Salaib Springer

Department

DGEO

Formation Year

Geomorphology: Dynamic Etchplanation and Environmental Fragility

This research group focuses on issues in relation to geomorphological dynamics in hot and humid tropical regions, based on the concept of dynamic etchplanation. Based on a close interaction between morphotectonics and geochemistry we attempt to define the types and patterns of genesis, evolution and dynamics of the relief in accordance with the geochemical and pedogenetic evolution of pedological coverage and its impact on the definition of the types of relief. Another line of research conducted involves the issue of environmental fragility in Brazil, particularly the fragility associated with the process of urbanisation and metropolisation.

Leader(s) of the group

Antonio Carlos Vitte, Francisco Sergio Bernardes Ladeira

Department

DGEO

Formation Year

GEOPI – Laboratory for Studies on the Organization of Research and Innovation

Created in 1995, this group has been working on policy, planning and management in the field of science, technology and innovation ever since, associating the progress of knowledge in this area (new ideas, new approaches, new methodologies and new tools) with practical perspective. In addition to the research work, GEOPI has been placing a major focus on training and dissemination, through undergraduate and post-graduate activities, international cooperation, training activities (open and in-company), lectures and the organisation of events. Over the years GEOPI has grown as a group, attracting and training professionals who are now working in a variety of spheres of STI management at national level. The work performed by GEOPI in the past 20 years has been acknowledged both in Brazil and other countries in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa, through the execution of projects with Brazilian organisations and regional and international bodies. 

Leader(s) of the group

Sérgio Luiz Monteiro Salles Filho, Ana Maria Alves Carneiro da Silva

Department

DPCT

Formation Year