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.


Postdoctoral 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, a M.Sc. degree in Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering and a Ph.D. degree in Water Engineering and Environment from the Universitat Politècnica de València in 2009, 2010 and 2015 respectively. She define herself as ecohydrologist specialized in the modelling of the riparian vegetation dynamics. Her research field is focused on the development of integrated tools that are useful for the analysis of the vegetation behavior under different hydrological and climatic conditions. During the last decade, she participated in several national and international projects. The outcome of her research includes the publication of 6 scientific articles and the participation in 25 international conferences. She is currently active in the LIFE Resilient Forests project. She is aimed to improve the ECO-Tetis model and to link different scenarios of forest management and climate change to the hydrological analysis of the areas under study

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Gomis Cebolla, José. Ph.D.
Bachelor`s Degree in Physics (2014), Master's Degree in Remote Sensing (2015) and PhD in Remote Sensing (2019) from the University of Valencia (UV). His research interests include thermal remote sensing (estimation of LST), estimation of evapotranspiration, soil moisture and vegetation biogeophysical parameters with a special focus on derived hydrological applications, such as hydrological model calibration. The outcome of his research includes the publication of 5 papers in international and national journals and the participation in 14 national and international conferences. He is currently involved in the iAqueduct project,which is aimed at closing the gaps between global satellite observations of water cycle and local needs of information for sustainable management of water resources.


PhD students (Water and Environmental Engineering PhD Program)


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Beneyto, Carles. M.Sc.
Civil Engineer (2014) from Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV). M.Sc. In Construction Project Management (2019) from Edinburgh Napier University (UK). Currently, he combines his Ph.D. studies 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 with his private consulting job at CPE Consultancy Ltd. in Scotland from 2015 on the project management of three flood prevention schemes amongst others. His research aims to develop a methodology to assess hydrological extremes under climate change scenarios.

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Bocanegra V., Ricardo A. M.Sc.
Ricardo was born in Colombia. He is a Civil Engineer from the University of Valley (1997), master in environmental engineering (2014) from the same university and master in hydroscience and engineering (2015) from the Technical University of Dresden - Germany. He has been lecturer of several subjects in the University of Valley (2004 - 2012). He has participated and directed several research projects and engineering studies related to river hydraulics, flood management, reservoirs, wetlands management, mathematical modeling and sediment management. He has published several scientific articles and chapters of books.

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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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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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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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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 2014. 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 Linux compilation of TETIS software as well as it development


External Collaborators


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Puertes Castellano, Cristina. Ph.D.
Civil Engineer (2015) and PhD in Water and Environmental Engineering (2020) from the Universitat Politècnica de València. As a researcher, she has focused on the distributed modelling of the hydrological cycle, the sediment cycle and the carbon and nitrogen biogeochemical cycles. Currently, she works at TYPSA, where she works as a flood risk engineer developing flood risk modelling studies.

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Gastulo Tapia, Cristhian Junior. M.Sc.
Cristhian Was born in Cajamarca, Peru. It graduated of civil engineer in the National University of Cajamarca in the year 2013 (Peru). M.sc In Hydraulic Engineering and Environment in the Polytechnical University of Valencia (2019), M.sc in Planning and Management in Civil Engineering in the Polytechnical University of Valencia (2019). Member of the Group of Investigation and Hydrological and Environmental Modelling (GIMHA) Area of Hydraulic and Hydrological Investigation of the Institute of Investigation of Engineering of the Water and Environment (IIAMA). His investigation has focused in the post-statistical processors for the obtaining of the predictive uncertainty of the hydrological simulations to scale monthly Contact: cristhian_5_16@hotmail.com

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Romero Cuellar, Jonathan. Ph.D.
Jonathan was born in Colombia. He is a Ph.D. in Water Engineering and Environment from UPV in 2019. He has focused his research on hydrological modeling and uncertainty analysis. Contact: jonathan.romero.cuellar@gmail.com

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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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Celeita Molina, Johnathan. M.Sc.
Born in Bogotá, Colombia. Civil Engineer from the Piloto University of Colombia (2015). Graduated in September 2018 in the Master of Hydraulic Engineering and Environment by the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) in the intensification of Management of Water Resources. He has led the project of analysis of the hydrological regime in temporary rivers in agreement with the Hydrographic Confederation of Júcar with the software TETIS and the tool TREHS; Currently, he is a researcher at the Institute of Water and Environmental Engineering (IIAMA) within the Hydrological and Environmental Research and Modeling Group (GIMHA), in the project Characterization and analysis of the historical evolution of the Amadorio River hydrological regime

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Alarcón Ataucusi, David. M.Sc.
David was born in Ayacucho, Peru. He is graduated from San Cristóbal of Huamanga University (Peru) in 2002 as Agricultural engineer. In 2018 he received the title of Master in Hydraulic Engineering and Environment from the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV). He has collaborated as a fellow at the Institute of Water and Environmental Engineering (IIAMA), developing his research work to determine the discharges of the Montanejos thermal spring through distributed hydrological modeling, and the thermal modeling of the Mijares river in the Montanejos section, under the direction of Prof. Félix Francés. Currently, he develops his professional activity as a consulting engineer in private companies. Contact: Davis.jra15@gmail.com

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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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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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