Dr. Mariana M. de Brito


Dr. Mariana de Brito


Thematic Area Environment and Society
Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology

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

Tel.: +49 0341 235 482149

Mariana de Brito

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)

Selected publications

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 to this paper

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