Research and Innovation

CPRM’s activities in the water resource area include Research and Innovation aiming at technical-scientific studies in water resources and stimulating the adoption of new monitoring technologies.

The Fluvial Dynamic Project was one of the first initiatives of the CPRM Department of Hydrology in Research and Innovation. Started in 2007, this study seeks to adopt remote sensing techniques in hydrologic monitoring. This work is carried out in international technical cooperation with the IRD, Research and Development Institute, in France. Numerous field activities have been conducted applying this technology in various regions in Brazil and it has been shown to be advantageous for collecting hydrologic data at a low cost.

Complementarily to this work, the research project entitled Studies for the Hydrologic Characterization of Soils has been proposed. One of the main results is HYBRAS – Hydrophysical Database for Brazilian Soils, which is an extensive compilation of hydraulic property data in Brazilian soils, besides other soil atributes, with a description of the methods of determination of these properties.

The Hydrochemical and Isotope Study Project is a strategic challenge to CPRM in the national hydrologic scene. Its activities started in 2013 and its objective is mainly to assimilate and divulge knowledge and the use of isotope technology as a rational tool in the management of water resources. The first GNIP – Global Network of Isotopes in Precipitation – was established in 2017 in order to contribute to reestablishing rain isotope monitoring conducted during the 1980s and 1990s in Brazil.