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Dr. Mariana Madruga de Brito

Dr. Mariana Madruga de Brito


Research Associate





Meckenheimer Allee 166
53115 Bonn


Büro: Meckenheimer Allee 172 (3. Etage)
Tel.: +49 (0)228 73-6544
Mail: mariana.brito[at]  

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Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 2018: Postdoc at University of Bonn, Department of Geography, Ecohydrology and Water Resources Management working group, involved in e.g. PARADeS (Participatory Assessment of Flood Disaster Prevention and Development of an adapted coping system in Ghana) Link.
  • 2015-2018: Ph.D. in Geography University of Bonn, Germany Thesis title: A participatory multi-criteria approach for flood vulnerability assessment.
  • 2012-2014: M.Sc. in Engineering with an emphasis in Environmental  Engineering (2012 to 2014) Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil Thesis title: GIS-based landslide susceptibility mapping  for Porto Alegre municipality, southern Brazil
  • 2007-2011: B.Sc. in Environmental Engineering (2007 to 2011) Lutheran University of Brazil, Brazil Thesis title: Geoprocessing applied to the assessment of  landslide susceptibility in Cascata district, Porto  Alegre, RS. 
Research Focus
  • Multi-criteria decision making (MCDM) applied to natural  hazards management
  • Flood and landslide susceptibility, vulnerability and risk assessment
  • Inter and transdisciplinary research methods
  • Participatory decision making
  • Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI), crowdsourcing, co-creation and participatory GIS


  • Bormann, H., Brito M.M, Charchousi, D. et al. (2018): Impact of Hydrological Modellers’ Decisions and Attitude on the Performance of a Calibrated Conceptual Catchment Model: Results from a ‘Modelling Contest’. Hydrology 2018, 5(4), 64 DOI:10.3390/hydrology5040064
  • García-Santos G., 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. in: Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences 379 (2018): 83 DOI: 10.5194/piahs-379-83-2018
  • Brito, M. M.,Evers, M. & Almoradie A. (2018): Participatory flood vulnerability assessment: a multi-criteria approach. in: Hydrology and Earth System Science, 22,378-390. DOI: 10.5194/hess-22-373-2018
  • Evers, M., Almoradie A., & Brito M. M. (2018): Enhancing Flood Resilience Through Collaborative Modelling and Multi-criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA). in: Fekete A., und Friedrich F.: Urban Disaster Resilience and Security. Addressing Risks in Societies. Springer Journal, 221-236. DOI:10.1007/978-3-319-68606-6_1
  • Brito, M.M., Evers, M., Almoradie, A. (2017): Participatory flood vulnerability assessment: a multi-criteria approach. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. DOI: 10.5194/hess-2017-368
  • 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
  • Brito, M.M.; Evers, M. (2017): A participatory spatial multi-criteria approach for flood vulnerability assessment. Proceedings of the 20th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science. Wageningen.
  • 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, v. 11, p. 12-24.
  • Brito, M.M.; Weber, E.J.; Krigger, V.S.; Leitzke, F.P. (2016): Analysis of landslide conditioning factors in Porto Alegre municipality based on historical data. Brazilian Journal of Cartography, v. 68, p.1853-1872.
  • Brito, M.M.; Evers, M.; Passuello, A. (2016): Selection of flood vulnerability indicators based on the Delphi technique. Proceedings of the 1st Brazilian Congress on Disaster Risk Reduction.
  • Brito, M.M. & Evers, M. (2016): Multi-criteria decision  making in flood risk management: research progress and the  challenge of handling uncertainty and stakeholder  participation. In: European Geosciences Union General  Assembly 2016. Proceedings. Vienna, Austria.
  • Brito, M.M. & Evers, M. (2015): Review Article:  Multi-criteria decision making for flood risk management:  a survey of the current state-of-the-art. Natural Hazards  and Earth System Sciences Discussions, v. 3, p. 6689-6726.      
  • Brito, M.M. & Mioc, D. (2015): Reliable floodplain delineation from hydrological predictions and digital  terrain models in Iguaçu watershed, Brazil. In:  International Cartographic Conference, 26. Proceedings. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Brito, M.M., Weber, E.J., Silva Filho, L.C.P. (2015): GIS-based landside susceptibility mapping using analytical  hierarchy process: a case study in Porto Alegre  municipality, Brazil. In: International Conference on  Multiple Criteria Decision Making, 23. Book of Abstracts. Hamburg, Germany.
  • 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, v. 8, n.1, p. 56-70. (in Portuguese).
  • Brito, M.M., Gaizzon, E.M.A., Korzenowski, C., Araújo, S.F., Alves, A.L., Passuello, A., Pauletti, C., Silva Filho, L.C.P. (2014): A participatory and integrated  flood risk management experience: Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  In: International Conference on Flood Management, 6.  Proceedings. São Paulo: ABGE.
  • Brito, M.M., Fontes, P.W., Pauletti, C., Passuello, C., Job, J.M., Silva Filho, L.C. (2013): Selection of  priority municipalities for mass movements risk mapping in  the Rio Grande do Sul State. In: Brazilian Congress of  Engineering Geology and the Environment, 14. Proceedings. Rio de Janeiro: ABGE. (in Portuguese). 
  • Brito. M.M., Weber, E., Pauletti, C. Passuello, A., Silvo Filho, L.C.P. (2013): GIS-multicriteria decision  analysis for landslide susceptibility mapping in Porto  Alegre municipality: a methodological proposal. In: UFRGS  Postgraduate Conference, 3. Proceedings. Porto Alegre:  UFRGS (in Portuguese).
  • Brito, M.M. & E. Weber (2013): Landslide susceptibility  mapping in Cascata district with the use of geoprocessing  techniques. In: South Brazilian Geology Symposium, 8.  Proceedings. Porto Alegre: SBGEO. (in Portuguese).
  • Lucena, R.B., Gaizzon, E.M.A., Oliveira, B., Bresolin, J.T., Brito, M.M., Pauletti, C., Passuello, A., Silva Filho, L.C.P. (2013): Improvement of fire risk  perception to minimize the vulnerability: use of popular  and technical knowledge. In: IX Civil Defense Conference.  Proceedings. Joinville: Defesa Civil Nacional. (in  Portuguese).
  • Foresti, A.J., Souza, A.C.B., Bresolin, J.T., Favero, E., Gaizzon, E.M.A., Lucena, R.B., Schavinski, M., Korzenowski, C., Brito, M.M., Pauletto, C., Passuello, A., Silva Filho, L.C.P. (2013): Metodologia  educativa para redução de vulnerabilidades a riscos  socioambientais: a experiência em Ilha das Flores, Porto  Alegre/RS. IX Civil Defense Conference. Proceedings. Joinville: Defesa Civil Nacional. (in Portuguese)
  • Brito, M.M. & A. Farias (2013): Spectroradiometry of  fruit trees and the effect of moisture on the spectral  response of leafs. In: Brazilian Remote Sensing Symposium,  16. Proceedings. Foz do Iguaçu: INPE, p. 3245-3252. (in  Portuguese).
  • Brito, M.M., Weber, E., Fin,J. (2012): Landslide  susceptibility evaluation with the use of GIS: application  in the Cascata district, Porto Alegre, Brazil. In:  Brazilian Congress of Geology, 46. Proceedings. Santos:  SBGE. (in Portuguese).
  • Brito, M.M., Pauletti, C., Fin, J., Passuello, A., Silva Filho, L.C.P. (2011): Spatio-temporal analysis of  flood occurrences in the Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil.  In: Brazilian Congress of Environmental and Sanitary  Engineering, 26. Proceedings. Porto Alegre: ABES. (in  Portuguese) 
  • Brito, M.M. & L.C.P. Silva Filho (2011): Survey,  spatial distribution and preliminary analysis of the flood  occurrences in the State of Rio Grande do Sul from 1982 to  2008. In: UFRGS Scientific Initiation Conference, 23.  Proceedings. Porto Alegre: UFRGS. (in Portuguese).