General Information

The Interdisciplinary Environment Laboratory (LIMA), linked to the Energy Planning Program (PPE), is part of the Technology Center of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), whose objective is to strengthen the work of professors and students of the Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute of Postgraduate and Research in Engineering (COPPE) in the field of Environmental Engineering, allowing joint studies and projects to be carried out and the consolidation of interdisciplinary lines of research in this area.

LIMA was created in December 1997 with support from the Environmental Sciences area of the Scientific and Technological Development Support Program (PADCT/CIAMB) and resources from the World Bank and the Ministry of Science and Technology. This is one of the results of the integrated research program conducted between 1995 and 1997, which involved the development of Environmental Audit methodologies and the consolidation of masters and doctoral courses in the Interdisciplinary Area of Environmental Engineering, with emphasis in the sub-areas Environmental Planning, Environmental Geotechnics, Environmental Production Management, Environmental Technology, Environmental Modeling, Coastal and Watershed Management, Environmental Acoustics and Transport and the Environment.

From October 1997 to June 2012, LIMA was responsible for the execution of about 160 research projects, many of which for international institutions. Throughout this period, covenants, partnerships, cooperation agreements and contracts were signed with public bodies of the federal, state and municipal administration, as well as with companies and non-governmental organizations. These research activities led to the publication of approximately 300 scientific papers, being 68 articles in national and international journals, 68 books or book chapters, 140 communications in congress annals and 25 articles in magazines and newspapers. In addition, they provided material for the preparation of 49 masters dissertations and 26 doctoral theses defended in the PPE/COPPE/UFRJ by LIMA researchers. Three other dissertations and nine theses are in progress.

Institutional Organization

LIMA is under the administrative responsibility of the COPPE/UFRJ’s Energy Planning Program (PPE), to which its coordinator, Prof. Emilio Lèbre La Rovere, and support staff belong. Since its creation in 1963, COPPE/UFRJ has developed to the point of becoming the largest center of excellence in the field of engineering in Latin America, with 325 full-time professors with exclusive dedication (all with a doctoral degree) and 350 employees distributed through 12 Programs (Departments). The COPPE/UFRJ’s masters and doctoral programs, which result in approximately 500 theses and dissertations defended per year, currently involve approximately 2,800 students.ertações defendidas por ano, envolvem, atualmente, cerca de 2800 estudantes.

The Program of Activities that details the lines of research of LIMA is approved by the The Center for Energy and Environmental Economics (CENERGIA), created in 2002, is an integrated research laboratory of the COPPE/UFRJ’s Energy Planning Program (PPE).

Facilities and Equipment

LIMA is in the Block I-2000 of the UFRJ’s Technology Center, in Ilha do Fundão, Rio de Janeiro, and has, among others: • Rooms for employees, researchers, meetings and related events; • Documentation center connected to the UFRJ’s libraries, with recent publications in the area of Environmental Sciences; • Equipment and software for the development of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and workstations, microcomputers and notebooks connected to the Internet and, by fiber optic network, to the COPPE/UFRJ’s Cray supercomputer. Website:

About the Centro Clima (Climate Center)

Created in 2000 through an agreement signed between the Secretariat of Environmental Quality in Human Settlements (SQA) of the Ministry of Environment (MMA) and COPPE/UFRJ, the Centro Clima has actively participated in the development of public policies and in the strengthening of national and international organizations for the training of diverse social actors on mitigation and adaptation actions regarding climate change, focusing on the elaboration of municipal and state greenhouse gas inventories, construction and analysis of mitigation scenarios, innovative projects of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), and adaptation of small farmers to increased drought due to climate change. Website:Site: