Historical analyses of debris flow disaster occurrences and of their scientific investigation in Brazil


  • Masato Kobiyama Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
  • Gean Paulo Michel Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
  • Elisiele Cardozo Engster Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
  • Maurício Andrades Paixão Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul




Debris flow, scientific researches, environmental history.


Considering the debris flow as highly-destructive flow of water and sediment mixture in a way where it is a gravity-governed continuous flow, the present paper conducted a Web survey of technical-scientific studies that treated these phenomena which occurred in Brazil during the period 1900-2014. Although the increase of occurrence from the 1990s caused the increase in the number of publication, there are still a small number of publications, especially in scientific journals. A historical analysis about Brazilian studies demonstrates an actual situation in Brazil and confirms various necessary and urgent actions. Among them, the more important actions are: (1) establishment of terminology and concept about debris flow in Brazil; (2) systematization of hydrometeorological monitoring and topographic survey; (3) registration of occurrences and data-base construction; and (4) development of woody debris flow researches.


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Biografia do Autor

Masato Kobiyama, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

Professor. Instituto de Pesquisas Hidráulicas, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre/RS, Brasil.

Gean Paulo Michel, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

Sanitary and environmental engineer. PhD student of Water Resources and Environmental Sanitation. Instituto de Pesquisas Hidráulicas, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre/RS, Brazil.

Elisiele Cardozo Engster, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

Undergraduate student of Environmental Engineering. Instituto de Pesquisas Hidráulicas, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre/RS, Brazil.

Maurício Andrades Paixão, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

Undergraduate student of Environmental Engineering. Instituto de Pesquisas Hidráulicas, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre/RS, Brazil.


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Kobiyama, M., Michel, G. P., Engster, E. C., & Paixão, M. A. (2015). Historical analyses of debris flow disaster occurrences and of their scientific investigation in Brazil. Labor E Engenho, 9(4), 76–89. https://doi.org/10.20396/lobore.v9i4.8639477