Mauricio Zambrano-Bigiarini is a Civil Engineer and PhD in Environmental Engineering, with more than 15 years of experience in water resources. In particular: development, implementation and assessment of hydrological models.

I’m currently working as a full-time professor at the Department of Civil Engineering of the Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco, Chile


Current research interests

  • Use of satellite-based estimates of precipitation for drought monitoring and hydrological modelling.
  • Spatio-temporal analysis of droughts in data-scarce areas.
  • Global optimisation applied to hydrological models (PSO, DE, SCE-UA, SCEM, DREAM).
  • Global sensitivity analysis of hydrological models (Sobol’s, Morris).
  • Use of open-source tools for management and analysis of hydro-meteorological data (R, Qgis, Grass).
  • Development of R packages for hydrological analysis.

Education

  • 2007-2010: PhD in Environmental Engineering, Doctoral School in Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Università degli Studi di Trento, Trento, Italy.
    Research topic: “On the effects of hydrological uncertainty in assessing the impacts of climate change on water resources”
  • Nov-Dec 2002: Diploma in Water Pollution, Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile.
  • Ago-Oct 2002: Diploma in Environmental Management, Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile.
  • 1992-1998: Civil Engineer, Faculty of Engineering, University of Concepción, Concepción, Chile. Thesis title: Elaboración de un Programa en DELPHI para Modelación Unidimensional de Contaminantes en Ríos [Development of one-dimensional software modelling system for river pollutants, using Delphi language].

Awards

  • JRC IES Excellence Award, category: Support to EU Policy 2011. Given to the EFAS team in 2011.

  • Edgar Pino. Given by the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Concepción to the best degree thesis of the department in 1998.


Academic experience

  • 2014: Postgraduate courses as main professor, 4204082: Introducción al ambiente estadístico R para el análisis de datos ecológicos y ambientales, Faculty of Environmental Sciences and EULA-Chile Centre, Universidad de Concepción, Concepción, Chile.
  • 2014: Undergraduate courses as main professor, 999035: Hidrología; 999102: Introducción al ambiente estadístico R para el análisis de datos ambientales, Faculty of Environmental Sciences and EULA-Chile Centre, Universidad de Concepción, Concepción, Chile.
  • 2014: Undergraduate courses as collaborator, 999043: Gestión de recursos hídricos; 999075: Modelación ambiental; 999064: Hidrología avanzada, Faculty of Environmental Sciences and EULA-Chile Centre, Universidad de Concepción, Chillán, Chile.
  • 2005: Training on Hydrological Modelling for D.G.A., Trainer of Hydrological Modeling (surface water) to the Regional Water Directorates in Chile, Regional D.G.A.s, Chile.

Work experience

  • Mar 2015 - present: Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Sciences, Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco (Araucanía), Chile.
  • May 2015 - present: Adjoint Researcher at the Center for Climate and Resilience Research (CR2), Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile. Research line: Climate Dynamics.
  • 2013-2014: Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Environmental Sciences and EULA-Chile Centre, University of Concepción, Concepción, Chile.
  • 2010-2013: Postdoctoral Researcher at the Water Resources Unit, Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission, Ispra, Italy, Project IES-2010-301010 Improved calibration of flood simulation models and case study research in pilot river basins.
  • 2007-2010: Research Assistant on the Workpackage COMPUTE, EU RTD FP6 Aquaterra project, Università degli Studi di Trento, Trento, Italy, Project 505428 (GOCE).
  • 2005-2006: Project Engineer at the Departamento de Conservación y Protección de los Recursos Hídricos, Dirección General de Aguas, Ministerio de Obras Públicas [Water Protection Department, Chilean Water Authority, Public Works Ministry], Santiago, Chile.
  • 2000-2005: Project Engineer at the Departamento de Estudios y Planificación, Dirección General de Aguas, Ministerio de Obras Públicas [Studies and Planing Department, Chilean Water Authority, Public Works Ministry], Santiago, Chile.
  • 1999: Project Engineer at University of Concepción, Concepción, Chile. Project Modifications to the design of a hydrological model for surface water resources (original title is in Spanish).