Filipe Ferreira de Carvalho

Filipe Ferreira de Carvalho

Filipe Ferreira de Carvalho
PhD student
Department of Physical and Regional Geography
University of Barcelona
C/ Montalegre, 6-8
E-08001 Barcelona

Phone: +34 93 403 78 66
Fax: +34 93 403 45 29

Filipe Carvalho - Curriculum vitae

2007 - 2010 FPI post graduate fellowship, Spanish Ministry of Education and Science
2007 - 2009 Master degree in Territorial Planning and Environmental Management at the University of Barcelona, Spain
2006 Leonardo da Vinci Fellowship (European Commission) at the University of Barcelona, Spain
2002 - 2006 Degree in Physical Geography at the University of Lisbon, Portugal

Research Interests

Sediment budgets, Quaternary Science, Holocene fluvial deposits, Glacial and periglacial Geomorphology, GIS

Research areas

Catchments of the Bernese Alps - Switzerland.

PhD Project

"Sediment Budgets and paleoenvironmental multy-proxy analysis on alpine catchments"

Alpine catchments are an important case study for fluvial dynamics because they combine unique natural characteristics with ancient human occupation and high sensibility to climatic changes. My research will focus on the study of accumulation rates and estimation of sediment budgets. This kind of analysis can improve our knowledge of fluvial dynamics in mountain areas and provide significant clues to understand the impacts of climate variability on mountain catchments and verify the role of human impacts on natural systems.

This work will centre on tree alpine basins from the Bernese Alps region in Switzerland: the upper Aare basin, the Lütschine basin and the Lombach basin. The main goal is to understand the accumulation processes in valley floors, deltas and alluvial fans in the last 3000 years. In addition, I will use other approaches in order to understand the importance of climate variability, land use and human induced impacts on fluvial systems. These methods include the geochemistry and geochronology analysis of fluvial sediments, lythological analysis, river morphology, historical cartography, remote sensing, identification of main aggradation processes and definition of major flood events.


Participation in research projects

2009-2012 Fluvalps plus Project.

2006-2009 Fluvalps-3000 Project. Fluvial variability in the Alps during the last 3000 years: Climate change, land use and associated flood risks CGL2006-01111 (MEC).

Participation in research groups

Fluvalps Research Group - Fluvial Variability in Alpine Environments, University of Barcelona.

"Acção XXI Litoral: Strategy contributions for the Portuguese coastal área", Universidade Nova de Lisboa.


Schulte, L.; Julià, R.; Veit, H.; Carvalho, F. 2009. Do high resolution fan delta records provide a useful tool for hazard assessment in mountain regions? International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management. Emerald Publ. Vol.1 No. 2, pp. 197-210.

Schulte, L., Julià, R., Oliva, M., Burjachs, F., Veit, H., & Carvalho, F. 2008. Sensitivity of Alpine fluvial environments in the Swiss Alps to climate forcing during the Late Holocene. Sediment Dynamics in Changing Environments (Proceedings of a symposium held in Christchurch, New Zealand, December 2008). IAHS Publ. 325. pp. 367-374.

Relevant publications

L. Schulte1, J. C. Peña, F. Carvalho, T. Schmidt, R. Julià, J. Llorca, and H. Veit, 2015.

A 2600-year history of floods in the Bernese Alps, Switzerland: frequencies, mechanisms and climate forcing

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 3047-3072, 2015

J. C. Peña1, L. Schulte, A. Badoux, M. Barriendos, and A. Barrera-Escoda, 2015.

Influence of solar forcing, climate variability and modes of low-frequency atmospheric variability on summer floods in Switzerland

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 3807-3827, 2015

L. Schulte, J.C. Peña, R. Julià, F. Carvalho, J. Llorca, J. Losada, F. Burjachs, T. Schmidt, P. Rubio, H. Veit, 2014.


Avances de la Geomorfología en España 2012-2014. Editores: Susanne Schnabel y Álvaro Gómez Gutiérrez. XIII Reunión Nacional de Geomorfología, Cáceres, 2014. pp. 143-146

Universitat de BarcelonaICREA - Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis AvançatsUniversität BernServei Meteorològic de CatalunyaGobierno de España - Ministerio de Educación y CienciaAlexander von Humboldt Foundation