Science for Brazil (Reino Unido)

São Paulo’s ‘Sky River’ runs dry.

Publicado em 08 janeiro 2015

Summer has come and  at long last it’s raining heavily in densely populated southern Brazil  and its biggest city São Paulo — but not enough to dispel effects of a long-lasting drought that has exasperated  city-dwellers, worried farmers – and caught politicians and planners on the back foot.  These two videos explain why  changes in rainfall patterns have left South America’s largest city dangerously short of water and its reservoirs dry.

For centuries, Brazil northeastern region jutting  into the Atlantic toward Africa, has experienced  drought and poverty. But now this drought pattern has swung southward towards the  continent’s thirstiest city, and is also  affecting  the country’s most prosperous agricultural region.

To find out more, watch the Portuguese language video with experts  Monica Porto  from the Polytechnic School at  the University of São Paulo and  Antonio Donato Nobre from Brazil’s  National Space Research Institute (INPE).  The  two videos  entitled “Rain Dance Part  I and II” were  produced  by the media team at  the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).

Review the first video here:

View the second video here: