Research Projects

Producing EnerGy and preventing hAzardS from sUrface water StorageS in Peru (PEGASUS)
Funding Institution: Newton-Paulet Fund and Fondecyt
Amount: 1'500,000 PEN - URL
PI: Dr. Jorge Abad (jabadc@utec.edu.pe)

Producing EnerGy and preventing hAzardS from sUrface water StorageS in Peru (PEGASUS)

The main objective is to provide the basic science necessary to maximize opportunities and minimize the risks presented by the future storage of surface water in the glacial basins of the Peruvian Andes: Urubamba, Vilcabamba, and Vilcanota, in order to provide information on the sustainability of current and future hydroelectric schemes, how to manage water use in the coming decades, formulate policies that reflect the needs of all stakeholders, and the potential dangers that unstable mountain environments can represent for the livelihood in future years.

 
WateR security And climate cHange adaptation in PerUvian glacier-fed river basins (RAHU)
Funding Institution: Newton-Paulet Fund and Fondecyt
Amount: 1'500,000 PEN - URL
PI: Dr. Pedro Rau (prau@utec.edu.pe)

WateR security And climate cHange adaptation in PerUvian glacier-fed river basins (RAHU)

This project is focused on participatory monitoring of water resources as an innovative approach to increase and transform knowledge of physical processes and the application of modeling in water resources, in order to support the design and implementation of adequate adaptation strategies to changes in water resources in Peru.

 
Recovery of the ecosystem services for water regulation of headwaters in the Rimac Basin, Lima Region
Funding Institution: Forest Trends
Amount: 79,809 USD
PI: Dr. Jorge Abad (jabadc@utec.edu.pe) and Dr. Pedro Rau (prau@utec.edu.pe)

Recovery of the ecosystem services for water regulation of headwaters in the Rimac Basin, Lima Region

The project seeks to identify the ecosystems that regulate the hydrological cycle and assess its conservation status in order to propose recovery measures. The project also includes the social participation component with the communities of San Juan de Yuracmayo, San Antonio y Ayas, located within the Rimac Basin, to discuss their needs and customs regarding water culture.

 
TaLGEnTox: Analysis and management of the risks associated with the presence of cyanotoxins in water and development of clean technologies for their modification: towards an improvement in public health
Funding Institution: Ciencia, Tecnología y Desarrollo - CYTED and Fondecyt
Amount: 30,000 EUR - URL
PI: Dr. Jorge Abad (jabadc@utec.edu.pe) and Dr. Monica Santa-Maria (msantamaria@utec.edu.pe)

TaLGEnTox: Analysis and management of the risks associated with the presence of cyanotoxins in water and development of clean technologies for their modification: towards an improvement in public health

The processes of eutrophication and climate change are generating the massive proliferation of cyanobacteria and, therefore, of cyanotoxins in waters bodies of almost all ecosystems and climates on Earth. Regarding this situation, the project proposes the development of a sustainable risk management system for the exposure of cyanotoxins content in water, including a proposal of efficient, environmentally friendly and economic treatments to eliminate these compounds. The achievement of this objective would guarantee an improvement in the quality of the water and, therefore, of public health, favoring the sustainable growth of the population.

 
ePiura: multidisciplinary approach to Urban Infrastructure Planning, mapping Environmental Risk
Funding Institution: World Bank and Fondecyt
Amount: 350,000 PEN - URL
PI: Dr. Jorge Abad (jabadc@utec.edu.pe)

ePiura: enfoque multidisciplinario para el Planeamiento de la Infraestructura Urbana, mapeando el Riesgo Ambiental

This project involves multidisciplinary research based on an analytical methodology that matches engineering, urban planning, and econometric activities, to understand urban development in coastal cities regarding hazards and extreme events such as El Niño Phenomenon. The economic costs associated with affecting the urbanized environment will also be identified in the face of the occurrence of an extreme event and the impact generated by the type of existing urban planning, in collaboration with local universities.

 
Scientific Assessment of River Form and Flow: Baseline Information for Infrastructure Guidelines in the Peruvian Amazon
Funding Institution: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Amount: 2'055,000 USD - URL
PI: Dr. Jorge Abad (jabadc@utec.edu.pe)

Scientific Assessment of River Form and Flow: Baseline Information for Infrastructure Guidelines in the Peruvian Amazon

This project consists of the development of Best Management Practices or guidelines to quantify and characterize the structure of the water flow, sediments and how the morphology of the Amazonian rivers develops and their interrelation with biodiversity and communities, in order to predict the impacts of river-related infrastructure intervention.