Program Research Lines
The PPG-AAI is structured around an area of concentration in
“integrated environmental analysis,” subdivided into lines of research that are
stages of environmental analysis in the broad sense. These are called
“environmental assessment, prognosis, and diagnosis,” “environmental
monitoring,” and “environmental control and remediation.” Its premise is the
indissoluble and complex relationship between all the elements that constitute
The research lines contribute towards knowledge generation, in which the improvement of methods, techniques, and principles involved in the approaches to environmental assessment, prognosis, and diagnosis contributes to the development of indicators and techniques for monitoring environmental impacts, which in turn, assist in defining environmental remediation and control actions (also taking into account management initiatives, social actions, and technologies to mitigate environmental impacts). Such actions, in turn, may indicate critical points for improving environmental assessment and monitoring. Thus, from this viewpoint, the research projects of a given line are interconnected with other lines of research, by taking inputs from one another, generating demands, inducing networking, and fostering interdisciplinary work.
Achieving this objective is guided by the program’s research projects, which are focused on addressing environmental problems, primarily those of the drainage areas of the metropolitan region of São Paulo and the coastal zone of the Baixada Santista and related atmospheric basins. In this sense, the choice of a geographical drainage area cut-off line makes the spatial and temporal scale of the PPG-AAI study compatible with that of public environmental organizations, such as those that adopt integrated environmental management units. Thus, the projects executed in the PPG-AAI should provide results that meet societal demands in relation to the prevention, mitigation, and elimination of environmental impacts.[A1]
Environmental Assessment, Diagnosis, and Prognosis
interdisciplinary approaches, methods, and techniques to identify and
characterize patterns and behaviors of natural and human-made components, as
well as their respective effects on the environment, in order to clarify the
procedures governing the interactions between these components and to contextualize
them in terms of impacts and environmental changes. To do so, appropriate
temporal and spatial scales will be adopted, based on the historical,
contemporary, and future conditions of environmental quality of the drainage basins
and coastal zones and atmospheric basins.
Develop and refine techniques and indicators (proxies) of environmental processes monitoring on a micro-and macro-scale, helping generate conceptual, mathematical, statistical, and geographic models that support decision-making in the correction of existing and/or potential environmental impacts on drainage basins and coastal areas.
To develop and refine tools, technologies, and protocols for the remediation and control of environmental processes and components related to drainage and coastal areas, contributing to the environmental management of impacted areas. This context includes all tasks ranging from the planning and coordination of policies, social actors, and management actions that contribute to controlling the environmental impacts to the development, improvement, and adoption of new technologies to solve complex environmental problems in drainage basins and coastal areas.