Who is who
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Group Leader


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Francés García, Félix. Prof. Ph.D.
Prof. Francés was born in Valencia, Spain, in 1964. He is Full Professor at the Universitat Politècnica de València in the Department of Hydraulic Engineering and Environment, the leader of the Research Group of Hydrological and Environmental Modelling and Director of the Research Institute of Water and Environmental Engineering. He graduated from Technical University of Valencia in 1987 as Civil Engineer, has an MSc in Hydrology and Water Resources from the Colorado State University, and finished his PhD in 1991. He obtained in 2011 the Engineering Innovation Award from the Spanish Civil Engineering Society. Prof. Francés is regular reviewer for several scientific journals and national and international project agencies and member of the IAHR/IWA Hydroinformatics Committee. In this university, Prof. Francés was Vice-director of the Civil Engineering School (1998-2002) and Coordinator of the Ph. D. Program in Water and Environmental Engineering (2006-2013), which has the maximum qualification graded from the National Ministry of Education and Science since the first official call. He is a usual reviewer for national and international projects and the most prestigious scientific journals of water engineering in the world. Through his university career, Prof. Francés has taught 23 courses in different national degree programs. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of California at Irvine (2007) and Princeton University (2010). Since 1988, he has participated and managed more than one hundred research projects and engineering studies, has advised 54 MSc thesis and 20 PhD dissertations, invited for more than eighty courses and conferences, published 40 research papers and 30 books and book chapters, and he has presented more than one hundred and fifty national and international congress communications.



PhD Researchers


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García Arias, Alicia. Ph.D.
Alicia García-Arias was born in Madrid (Spain). She received a five year grade in Environmental Sciences and a M.Sc. degree in Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Recently, she received the Ph.D. degree in Water Engineering and Environment from UPV (Spain) in 2015. Her research is focused on Ecohydrology and, more specifically, in riparian vegetation dynamic modelling. The main objective of her research has been to develop an integrated tool that allows the water managers to analyze the riparian vegetation communities behavior under several hydrological and climatic conditions. This tool leads to a more suitable establishment environmental flow regimes, also to determine in a more reliable manner the anthropic effects on river and riparian ecosystems. Few models were previously available for these purposes. Among them, the lack of tools to represent adequately some of the main processes that guide the plant ecosystems dynamics in riverine areas is the norm. The new model she proposed, the RVDM model (initials of Riparian Vegetation Dynamic Model), combines innovative ecohydrological approaches with the acquired knowledge on traditional sciences as Hydrology, Ecology, Geology, Botany, etc. The model has been successfully implemented in a Mediterranean semi-arid river reach. A global sensitivity analysis based on Monte Carlo simulations has been already performed successfully. In addition, global change scenarios have been analyzed. The outcome of the research already conducted includes the participation in 15 international conferences, 4 scientific articles, and 2 national (RIBERA and SCARCE) and 1 international (RIPFLOW) projects related to this field. Personal webpage


PhD students (Water and Environmental Engineering PhD Program)


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Echeverría Martínez, Carlos Antonio. M.Sc.
Carlos was born in Caacupé, Paraguay. He is an Environmental Engineer graduated at the the Catholic University (Paraguay) in 2009, and obtained a Master in Water Resources and Environment at the Institute of Hydraulic Researches of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre, Brazil) in 2014. Nowadays he is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Research Institute of Water Engineering and Environment (IIAMA) of the UPV under the supervision of Prof. Félix Francés. He has focused his research on satellite information sources exploration for estimating the water balance with vegetation dynamics model, with projection to use in ungauged basins. Contact: carec@doctor.upv.es

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Hernández López, Mario R. M.Sc.
Mario was born in Valencia, Spain. Civil Engineer (Hydraulics and Hydrology) in 2000. Master in Hydraulic Engineering and Environment (2012) from the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV). He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the Research Institute of Water Engineering and Environment (IIAMA) of the UPV. His research focuses on the assessment of Uncertainty in Distributed Hydrologic Modelling. To date he has worked on projects in Natural Watershed Hydrology, Urban Hydrology, Highway Drainage, Aquifer Modelling and projects related to the world of GIS.

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Múnera, Juan Camilo. M.Sc.
Camilo was born in Medellín, Colombia. Civil Engineer (1997) and Master of Water Resources Management (2003) by Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Master on Port and Costal Engineering (2001) by CEDEX and Diploma of Advances Research (2008) in the Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering Program of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) in Spain. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Research Institute of Water and Environment Engineering (IIAMA) of the UPV (Spain). He has focused his research on distributed hydrological modelling, real time flood forecasting and uncertainty analysis related to the flow prediction made with these models, mainly at ungauged points of the catchment. During the PhD, he has published two scientific papers, presented his work in 6 international conferences and participated in several research projects related to these topics.

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Peña R., Luis Eduardo. M.Sc.
Luis Eduardo was born in Espinal, Colombia. He is graduated from University of Quindío in 2002 (Colombia) as Civil Engineer. He obtained the specialization in Sanitary Engineering and a M.Sc. in Sanitary and Environmental Engineering from the University of Valle (Colombia) in 2004 and 2006, respectively . He was teacher at the University of Ibagué in the Civil Engineering Program and member of the research group GMAE. He is currently Ph.D Candidate for double degree in Environmental Planning and Watershed Management at the University of Tolima (Colombia) and Water and Environmental Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV, Spain). His research focuses on the evaluation of effect of land use change in the frecuency distributions of peak flows from the distributed hydrological modeling. To date he is the author of 3 books research result, recorded 5 software records, and participated in several research projects related to hydraulics and hydrology in Colombia.

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Puertes Castellano, Cristina. Eng.
Cristina was born in Valencia, Spain. Civil Engineer (2016) from Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV). Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate in the Water and Environmental Engineering program at the Research Institute of Water and Environmental Engineering (IIAMA) of the UPV, under the supervision of Prof. Félix Francés. She has focused her research on modeling the carbon and nitrogen cycle at basin scale.

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Romero Cuellar, Jonathan. MSc.
Jonathan was born in Huila, Colombia. He is an Agricultural engineer (2010) at the Universidad Surcolombiana and Hydrosystems MSc (2012) at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. He is currently working at the Research Institute of Water Engineering and Environment (IIAMA) of the UPV. He has focused his research on the evaluation of predictive uncertainty of global change scenarios. Other research interests include hydroinformatics tools design to support decision-making in integrated water resources management, environmental flows and hydrological modeling. Contact: jorocue1@doctor.upv.es

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Romero Hernández, Claudia Patricia. M.Sc.
Claudia was born in Bogotá, Colombia. She ended her studies of Topographic Engineering at the District University of Francisco Jose de Caldas (UD) in 2002. She also received an M.Sc. degree in Cartography, Geographic Information Systems And Remote Sensing from the University of Alcala De Henares in 2004 and other M.Sc. degree in Planning And Management of Local And Territorial Development from the University of Seville in 2009. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Research Institute of Water Engineering and Environment (IIAMA) of the UPV (Spain). She has focused her research in the Modification of the Hydrological cycle, analysis of flood regimes in urban basins. "Case study of the Bogota River megalopolis", under the supervision of Prof. Félix Francés. In addition, she participates in the international project RALCEA (Network of knowledge centers in the water sector) and she has co-authored an article for a scientific journal.

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Sedano Cruz, Ruth Karime. M.Sc.
Ruth Karime was Born in Colombia. Graduated on Sanitary Engineering from the Universidad del Valle (Colombia, 2002). She received the M.Sc. degree in Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain, 2012(. Actually she is a Ph.D. candidate on Water Engineering and Environment at the Universitat Politècnica de València. Her Ph.D. thesis is related to the "Influence of climate variability on statistical modelling of peak flows in the Upper Valley of the Cauca River, Colombia." In the context of: the non-stationary frequency analysis, adaptation to the variability and climate change and Disaster Risk Management. She addressed other research areas in the past such as: urban water supply and purification of drinking water in rural and marginal urban areas in southwestern Colombia. She is a team member on the IREHISA research group at the Universidad del Valle and she has participated as co-author of one article for a scientific journal, and a oral presentation in a international conference.
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Yudha Siswanto, Shantosa. M.Sc.
Shantosa was born in Garut, Indonesia. He is graduated from Soil Science, Padjadjaran University, with bachelor thesis in Erfurt, Thüringen, Germany in 2005. He obtained master degree (M.Sc) of Soil Sicence in Ghent University, Belgium in 2010. He is currently Ph.D Candidate for Water and Environmental Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain. His research focus of doctoral degree is erosion and sedimentation in tropical climate using distributed hydrological model. He gave 4 oral presentations in international congress, made five international proceedings and two Indonesian proceedings (national). He has been lecturing at Padjadjaran University since 2006. He is also involved in e-Learning management in Padjadjaran University.



Technical Support


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Escamilla Cambres, Vicente. Eng.
Vicente was born in Valencia, Spain. He ended her studies of Civil Engineering at the Universidad Politècnica of València (UPV) in 2016. He is currently working at the Research Institute of Water Engineering and Environment (IIAMA) of the UPV, concretely at the Research Group of Hydrological and Environmental Modelling (GIMHA). He is performing the new user interfaces (GUI) of the group softwares as TETIS and RVDM


Undergraduate Students


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Sánchez García, Ana.
Ana was born in Castellón (Spain). She is currently developing the PFC, required to obtain the degree in Civil Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de València, under Prof. Félix Francés' supervision at the Research Institute of Water Engineering and Environment (IIAMA) of the UPV. This project is based on climate change in the water regime and sediment in the basin of la Rambla de la Viuda.


External Collaborators


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Barrios, Miguel. Ph.D.
Miguel was born in Colombia. Forest Engineer from Universidad del Tolima (Colombia, 2003). He received his M.Sc. degree in Watershed planning and management in 2007 and M.Sc. degree in Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering in 2009. He conducted his doctoral research during 2007-2011 at Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) and now he is Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources at Universidad del Tolima (Colombia). He has been involved in a number of research projects related to hydrological modelling and he has published some related works. He also acts as associate editor of the Journal Cuencas Hidrográficas y Desarrollo, and as reviewer for some journals, among others, Science of the Total Environment and Memorias. Dr. Barrios was Director of the Doctoral and Master Programme on Watershed Planning and Management at Universidad del Tolima, where he teaches courses in Hydrological Modelling and Stochastic Hydrology.

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Bussi, Gianbattista. Ph.D.
Gianbattista was born in Brescia, Italy. He is an Environmental Engineer, graduated at the University of Brescia (Italia) in 2007, and obtained a PhD in Water and Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Valencia (Spain) in 2014. His main research interests are the distributed modelling of the hydrological and sediment cycle at the catchment scale, the analysis of climate change impact on water resources and soil erosion and reservoir sedimentation. He contributed to developing the hydrological distributed model TETIS and its sediment cycle sub-model. He has participated in many founded research projects, such as INTEGRA (Modelling the interactions between sediment, vegetation and water quality in semiarid Mediterranean forests at plot and basin scales), SCARCE (Assessing and predicting effects on water quantity and quality in Iberian rivers caused by global change) and FLOOD-MED (Flood hazards in Mediterranean rivers in the context of climate variability and environmental change).
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López, Jesús. Ph.D.
Jesús was born in Uruapan, Michoacán, Mexico. He received the Civil Engineering from the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo (UMSNH) and M. S. in Hydraulic Engineering from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He obtained his Ph. D. on Water and Environmental Engineering during 2013 at the Universitat Politècnica de València. This research was focused on focused in a non-stationary frequency analysis. (UPV). He has participated in 6 national congress, 9 international congress, 1 magazine article and 2 book section. Furthermore he participated in 14 projects within hydraulic and hydrology area in the Mexican Institute Technology of Water (IMTA).

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Medici, Chiara. Ph.D.
Chiara was born in Legnago (VR), Italy. Graduated in Environmental Engineering from the University of Bologna in 2003. She completed her PhD thesis, 'Progressive development of a hydrologic and inorganic nitrogen conceptual model to improve the understanding of small Mediterranean catchments behaviour' in 2010 at the Department of Hydraulic Engineering and Environment of the Universitat Politècnica de València. So far she did 8 oral presentations in international conferences, published 2 papers, 1 under review, and collaborated in 10 research projects

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Orozco Medina, Ismael. Ph.D.
Ismael was born in Morelia, México. He is a Civil Engineer from the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo-UMSNH (2001). He obtained the M.Sc. degree in Hydraulic Engineering from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in 2005 and the M.Sc. in Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) in 2010. He has recently obtained the PhD on Water and Environmental Engineering (2014) with the thesis "Parsimonious and spatially distributed modelling of accumulation and snowmelt processes" at the Department of Hydraulic Engineering and Environment of the UPV. His research interests are focused on the hydrological and environmental modelling for water resources management and climate change.

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Pasquato, Marta. Ph.D.
Marta was born in Padua (Italy). She graduated as an Environmental Engineer from the University of Padua in 2005. She received the M.Sc. degree in Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering from the UPV in 2011 and she has recently obtained the Ph.D. (2013) at the Research Institute of Water Engineering and Environment (IIAMA) of the UPV (Spain). Her research has been focused on vegetation dynamic modelling in arid and semiarid climates. So far she has participated in 2 national projects related to this field and in several international conferences.

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Ramos Fernández, Lia. Ph.D.
Lia was born in Lima, Peru. Agricultural Engineer (1993) graduated from The Molina Agrarian National University (UNALM). She received the M.Sc. degree in Sanitary Engineering and Environmental from UNICAN (2002) and M.Sc in Environmental Sciences from UNALM (2008). She obtained the Ph.D Degree in Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering from Universitat Politècnica de València (2013). Since 2002, she is Professor of under and post graduate levels at the Department of Water Resources UNALM. Since 2013, she is Professor of Doctorates in "Water resources" and "Engineering and Environmental Sciences" of UNALM. She participates in research projects in the area of water resources and environment, and specific areas of: hydrological modelling and agricultural modelling by climate change impacts with satellite information and GCM.

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Ruiz-Pérez, Guiomar. Ph.D.
Guiomar was born in Valencia. She studied Civil Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) and, recently, she received the PhD degree in Water and Environmental Engineering from UPV, in 2016. Her thesis is completely related to the hibrid discipline called Ecohydrology. Since its origin, this discipline has tried to take a holistic vision of both, Hydrology and Ecology. Despite of the well-known key role played by plants in the water cycle, traditionally very few hydrological models have included vegetation as state variable. In addition, most of the models including vegetation as state variable are too complex. Hence, high amount of data is required to implement them. In that sense, the objective of her thesis was dual. On one hand, a parsimonious (low number of parameters) and distributed ecohydrological model was improved and adapted to be used at catchment scale. On the other hand, satellite data was exploited as a potential and new source of spatio-temporal information. She applied the proposed ecohydrological model in two study areas at different working scale: plot scale in the East of Spain and catchment scale in a Kenyan catchment. She also developed a mathematical methodology in order to use properly spatio-temporal data during automatic calibration process. The outcomes of this research includes two papers in SCI journals with high impact factor, one under revision and another in preparation; more than 15 international conferences and the participation in two Spanish national projects. Nowadays, she is a post-doc researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU, Uppsala). She is focused on modelling vegetation response to environmental extremes. Particularly, the main objective is to analyze how vegetation, through acclimation and adaptation, deals against the combination of heat waves and drought simultaneously. .

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Salazar Galán, Sergio Andrés. Ph.D.
Sergio Andrés was born in Colombia. He is a Civil Engineer from Universidad Industrial de Santander (Colombia, 2005)). He obtained his Specialist Degree in Water Resources Systems Analysis from Universitat Politècnica de València (2006). He received his Master Degree in Water Engineering from Universidad de Sevilla (2010). He has a Ph.D Degree (Cum Laude qualification) in Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering from Universitat Politècnica de València (2013). His PhD thesis was related with a methodology for flood risk analysis and flood risk reduction applied in the Rambla del Poyo (Valencia, Spain). Through his association with the Water and Environmental Research Institute, he has participated in several research projects where he assumed several tasks in topics regarding mainly with catchment hydrology and flood risk management. His scientific dissemination can be seen in the link publications.


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