Today: TerreWEB Seminar with Clara Roa (UBC Soil Science)

This week in the TerreWEB seminar series we are excited to have Clara Roa, who will be talking this Thursday about “A Web based tool for flow monitoring used by water communities.” Everyone is welcome!

When: This Thursday, March 6th
Where: Macmillan Building, Room 154
Time: 2:00-3:00pm (3:30 for scholars)

Abstract: Clara will show a virtual tool that explains how to monitor streamflows in small watersheds. The tool is aimed primarily at rural community water organizations (CWO). CWOs continuously deal with climate variability: in summer due to water scarcity and in the rainy season due high sediment loads in the streams. Monitoring flows aim to facilitate decision making processes to mitigate the impacts of droughts and to influence municipal budgets for acquiring protected areas.

Bio: Since 2005 Clara Roa-Garcia has been working with young people and local communities, doing research in natural resources. She is currently working in southwestern Colombia with community organizations that manage water for potable consumption. This internet-based project is part of her thesis, “Soils and land use in the Colombian Andes: influence on water yield and low flows in the dry season” that aims to show the role of two types of soils (from the central branch and the western branch of the Andes) on water regulation in watersheds, particularly in the dry season.

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