Dr. Mariana M. de Brito

Thematic Area Environment and Society

Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology

Working Group Social-Science Water Research

Scientific coordinator of the Thirsty Cities Graduate School

Helmholtz Centre
for Environmental Research − UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

Tel.: +49 0341 235 482149

External website

Mariana de Brito

Research interests

I am an interdisciplinary researcher with a passion for developing and integrating qualitative and quantitative tools to natural hazards and sustainability research. Currently, I am diving into the amazing world of data analytics. I use a set of tools to support corpus-based investigations.

Current research
Ongoing research: A Bi-graph used to monitor discourses on sustainability transformations B Circus plot showing the drought compound impacts during the 2018/19 drought in Germany

Professional Career

Since 08/2019 Post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology, UFZ, Germany
08/2018 - 07/2019 Post-doctoral researcher at the Eco-Hydrology and Water Resource Management Group, Department of Geography, University of Bonn, Germany
01/2015 - 07/2018 Ph.D. candidate at the Eco-Hydrology and Water Resource Management Group, Department of Geography, University of Bonn, Germany
08/2014 - 12/2014 Teaching Assistant at the National Space Institute, Danish Technical University, Denmark
10/2010 - 07/2014 Research Assistant at the Centre for Disaster Studies (CEPED), Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil


2015-2018 Ph.D. in Geography - University of Bonn, Geography Institute, Germany (Magna cum Laude)
01-02/2014 Semester abroad - University of Freiburg, Germany (DAAD scholarship)
2012-2014 M.Sc. in Engineering with an emphasis in Environmental Sciences - Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil (GPA 10/10)
2007-2011 B.Sc. in Environmental Engineering - Lutheran University of Brazil, Brazil (GPA 9.08/10)

Research stays

02-03/2019 University of Vigo, Spain. Department of Forest Engineering. Research group of Prof. Dr. Juan Vidal Puga. Research on the spatial assessment of the costs and benefits of different land uses for flood risk reduction (COST Grant)
11-12/2017 Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria. Institute of Geography. Research group of Prof. Dr. Glenda García-Santos. Use of system dynamics for modelling human-environment interactions
05-04/2016 Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Department of Civil Engineering. Research group of Prof. Dr. Luis Carlos Pinto da S. F. Participatory modelling of flood vulnerability (CAPES Scholarship)

Journal publications


de Brito, M.M. (2021) Compound and cascading drought impacts do not happen by chance: a proposal to quantify their relationships. Science of the Total Environment, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.146236

Lehmann, P., de Brito, M.M., Gawel, E., Groß, M., Haase, A., Lepenies, R., Otto, D., Schiller, J., Strunz, S., Thrän, D. (2021) Making the COVID-19 crisis a real opportunity for environmental sustainability. Sustainability Science, doi:10.1007/s11625-021-01003-z

Moreira, L.L., de Brito, M.M., Kobiyama, M. (2021) A systematic review and future prospects of flood vulnerability indices. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, doi:10.5194/nhess-2021-34

Fekete, Al, Aslam, A.B., de Brito M.M., Dominguez, I., Fernando, N., Illing, C., Apil, K.C., Mahdavian, F., Norf, C., Platt, S., Santi, P.A., Tempels, B. (2021) Increasing flood risk awareness and warning readiness by participation – but who understands what under ‘participation’? International Journal of Disaster risk reduction, doi:10.1016/j.ijdrr.2021.102157

Moreira, L.L., de Brito, M.M., Kobiyama, M. (2021) Effect of different normalization, aggregation and classification methods on the construction of flood vulnerability indexes. Water, doi:10.3390/w13010098

Lehmann, P., Beck, S., de Brito, M.M., Gawel, E., Groß, M., Haase, A., Lepenies, R., Otto, D., Schiller, J., Strunz, S., Thrän, D. (2021) Environmental Sustainability Post-COVID-19: Scrutinizing Popular Hypotheses from a Social Science Perspective. Sustainability, doi:10.3390/su13168679


de Brito, M.M., Kuhlicke, C., Marx, A. (2020) Near-real-time drought impact assessment: A text mining approach on the 2018/19 drought in Germany. Environmental Research Letters. doi:org/10.1088/1748-9326/aba4ca

de Brito, M.M.*, Amoradie, A.*, Evers, M., Bossa, A., Lumor, M., Norman, C., Yacouba, Y., Hounkpe, J. (2020) Current flood risk management practices in Ghana: Gaps and opportunities for improving resilience. Journal of Flood Risk Management. doi:10.1111/jfr3.12664


de Brito, M.M., Almoradie, A., Evers, M. (2019) Spatially-explicit sensitivity and uncertainty analysis in a MCDA-based flood vulnerability model. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, doi:10.1080/13658816.2019.1599125


de Brito, M.M., Evers, M., Almoradie, A. (2018) Participatory flood vulnerability assessment: a multi-criteria approach. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 22, 373-390, doi:10.5194/hess-22-373-2018

García-Santos, G., de Brito, M.M., Höllermann, B., Taft, L., Almoradie, A., Evers, M. (2018) Methodology to explore emergent behaviours of the interactions between water resources and ecosystem under a pluralistic approach. Proceedings of the Int. Association of Hydrological Sciences, 95, 1-5, doi:10.5194/piahs-95-1-2018

Bormann, H., de Brito, M.M., Charchousi, D., Chatzistratis, D., David, A., Groser, P.F., Kebschull, J., Konis, A. Koutalakis, P., Koraki, A., Krauzig, N., Meier, J., Meliadou, V., Meinhardt, M., Munnelly, K., Stephan, C., de Vos, L.F., Dietrich, J., Tzoraki, O. (2018) Impact of hydrological modellers’ decisions and attitude on the performance of a calibrated conceptual catchment model: results from a ‘modelling contest’. Hydrology, 5, 64; doi:10.3390/hydrology5040064

Ramos, P.A.R., Oliveira, G.G., de Brito, M.M., Silva, L.C.P. (2018) Methodological proposal for flood vulnerability mapping. Anuário do Instituto de Geociências, 41, 281-291, doi: 10.11137/2018_3_281_291


de Brito, M.M., Evers, M., Höllermann, B. (2017) Prioritization of flood vulnerability, coping capacity and exposure indicators through the Delphi technique: A case study in Taquari-Antas basin, Brazil. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 24, 119-128, doi:10.1016/j.ijdrr.2017.05.027

de Brito, M.M., Weber, E.J., Silva Filho, L.C.P. (2017) Multi-criteria analysis applied to landslide susceptibility mapping. Revista Brasileira de Geomorfologia, 17, 719-735, doi:10.20502/rbg.v18i4.1117

de Brito, M.M., Weber, E.J., Krigger, V.S., Leitzke, F.P. (2017) Analysis of landslide conditioning factors in Porto Alegre municipality based on historical data. Brazilian Journal of Cartography, 68, 1853-1872

de Brito, M.M., Weber, E.J., Passuello, A. (2017) Multicriteria analysis applied to landslide susceptibility mapping: a case study in Cascata District, Porto Alegre, RS. Revista Brasileira de Geografia Física, 10, 12-24, doi:10.5935/1984-2295.20170048


de Brito, M.M., Evers, M. (2016) Multi-criteria decision making for flood risk management: a survey of the current state-of-the-art. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 16, 1019-1033, doi:10.5194/nhess-16-1019-2016


de Brito, M.M. (2015) Identification of landslides scars in the Eastern Edge of the Paraná Basin based on Landsat 5-TM images. Revista Brasileira de Geografia Física, 8, 56-70. doi:10.26848/rbgf.v8.1.p056-070

* Both authors contributed equally

Books and book chapters

Kobiyama, M., Vanelli, F.M., Oliveira, H.U., Basconcellos, S.M., Campagnolo, K., de Brito, M.M., Moreira, L.L. (2020) Uso da bacia-escola na redução do risco de desastres: uma abordagem socio-hidrológica. In: Magnoni Junior et al. (Org.) Redução do risco de desastres e a resiliência no meio rural e urbano. ISBN: 978-65-87877-12-9

Ramos, P.A.R., Andrades Filho, C.O., de Brito, M.M. (2020) Levantamento histórico dos registros de desastres hidrológicos no município de Igrejinha, encosta do planalto meridional no Rio Grande do Sul. In: Ladwig, N.I., Campos, J.B. (Orgs.) Planejamento e gestão territorial: inovação, tecnologia e sustentabilidade. ISBN: 978-65-87458-07-6

Evers, M., de Brito, M.M. (2018) Multi-criteria and participatory Vulnerability Analysis – a transdisciplinary approach to Flood Risk Management. In: Schütze, N. et al. (Eds) Forum für Hydrologie und Wasserbewirtschaftung. Heft 39.18.

Evers, M., Almoradie, A., de Brito, M.M. (2018) Enhancing flood resilience through collaborative modelling and MCDA. In: Fekete, A., Fiedrich, F. (eds.) Urban disaster resilience and security - novel approaches for dealing with risks in societies. The Urban Book Series. Springer, Cham, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-68606-6_14

Passuello, A., de Brito, M.M., Giazzon, E., Foresti, A., Pauletti, C., Favero, E., Bresolin, J., Silva Filho, L.C.P. (2017) Tecnologia social como ferramenta para a redução de vulnerabilidade a riscos. In: Marchezini, V., Saito, S., Londe, L., Trajber, R., Iwama, A.Y., Furtado, J.R. (Eds.) Redução de vulnerabilidade a desastres: em busca de rotas para prevenção. RiMA editora.

Silva Filho, L.C.P., Pauletti, C., Passuello, A., Bussular, C.Z., Korzenowski, C., Rocha, C. S., Giazzon, E.M.A., Costa, E.A., Favero, E., Bresolin, J.T., Fin, J., Guasselli, L.A.; Souza, L. P., Bressani, L.A., Fonseca, M.R., de Brito, M.M., Assis, M., Schavinski, M., Fontes, P.W., Alves, R.C.M., Lucena, R. B., Saito, S.M., Marchezini, V. (2015) Capacitação em gestão de riscos. 2nd ed. Porto Alegre: UFRGS. 214p.

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Travel Grants and Awards

2019 Early Career Short Term Scientific Mission Grant - European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST). Title: Analysis of the costs and benefits of different land uses for flood risk reduction through game theory. Link: http://www.land4flood.eu/mariana-in-vigo/
2019 Resilient flood risk management Summer School. Cologne - DAAD
2019 Stakeholder engagement workshop, Land4floods Project. Thessaloniki, Greece - COST
2019 Citizen science & social innovations Workshop. Kaunas, Lithuania - COST
2019 Digital transformations in citizen science & social innovation Training School. Fiesole, Italy - COST
2018 Coastal floods and river hazards and management strategies Summer School. Aachen, Germany - BMBF, ICGS and DAAD
2017 Best oral presentation and travel award - Dangerous Landscapes Conference. Hannover, Germany - Volkswagen Stiftung
2017 Association of Geographic Information Laboratories in Europe (AGILE) Conference. Wageningen, Netherlands - ESRI and AGILE
2017 Flood risk management Summer School. Lesbos, Greece - DAAD
2016 THESys Summer School - Transformative human-environment research & participatory methods: from co-production to co-producing. Berlin, Germany - Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
2016 International promovieren in Deutschland – für alle (IPID4all). Viena, Austria - DAAD
2015 Citizen science for clean coasts Training School. Galway, Ireland - COST
2015 Human sensor and GIS for disaster risk management Training School. Coimbra, Portugal - COST