JP (Joao) Carvalho Nunes PhD

JP (Joao) Carvalho Nunes PhD

Researcher

I study the link between hydrological processes, soil erosion and water contamination, and land  and water management; i.e., socio-hydrological systems. I specialize in analyzing how disturbances – short-term, high-magnitude disturbances such as wildfires or severe droughts; or longer-term climatic and land-use changes – affect socio-hydrological impacts as a whole. I am particularly interested on how land management can exacerbate or mitigate negative impacts, especially through nature-based solutions.

My main tool is hydrological modelling, coupled with field and satellite data for robustness, and with climate and land-use models for scenario assessment. Mos of my work has been done in the Mediterranean, but I also have some experience with China, Indonesia and northern Europe. I increasingly link my models with socio-economic research about land and water management processes, from farms to water resource use, aiming to account for both the biophysical and socioeconomic components of global change in land and water management.