The water crisis in São Paulo, Brazil

Lunch seminar on natural and anthropogenic influence on extreme events – the case of water crisis in São Paulo, Brazil; with Gleby Almeida.


Sign up for the seminar (free and open to all — lunch (sandwiches) will be served)


The recent water crisis in South America’s most populous city, São Paulo, shows how Brazil needs to change the way it deals with water. Residents of São Paulo experiment today, what citizens have already suffered in previous years punished by drought in states as far away as Rio Grande do Sul, Minas Gerais and Pernambuco. The combination of lack of planning, waste, climate extremes and excessive consumption threatens the water supply in cities all over Brazil..

Gleby Almeida is a Brazilian researcher, who did her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at the University of São Paulo in 2003 on "Identification of Organic Compounds in Billings Reservoir, São Paulo". She has worked as a consultant for UNESCO on programmes to promote water quality and environmental health for the population of São Paulo, and she has been a researcher at institutes and universities in Brazil, Germany and Norway.

Published Sep. 21, 2015 7:38 PM - Last modified Sep. 21, 2015 7:38 PM