Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile: Experts from La Tríada will reflect on water security and climate change

“Water security and climate change – A story of three cities” is the name of the webinar on Wednesday, October 27 at 11:00 a.m. that will be organized by La Tríada, a strategic alliance made up of the Catholic University, the University of the Andes of Colombia and the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico.

During this online conference, which will be open to the general public who signs up at the following link or who wants to follow it on the UC YouTube channel , experts and renowned academics from the three higher education institutions will refer to the effects generated by warming global in terms of water supply and how it affects the cities of Bogotá in Colombia, Santiago de Chile and Monterrey de México.

In the case of Santiago and the metropolitan region, the drought has increased and the lack of rain has become evident in winter, expanding desertification, an issue that is repeated in Monterrey, which has seen its worst periods of water shortage in its history. In both Bogotá and the Andean areas of Colombia, excess water has become a growing problem, increasing the risk of floods and stagnations.

On behalf of the Catholic University, Sebastián Vicuña will participate, who is director of the UC Global Change Center and an academic at the Faculty of Engineering . As a doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California Berkeley, he has specialized in climate change, infrastructure, public policy and water resources.

On behalf of the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Jürgen Mahlknecht will present, who coordinates the Strategic Research Group with a focus on water science and technology at “Tec” and is also an academic at the School of Engineering and Sciences of the same university. Mahlknecht has a doctorate in hydrogeology from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna (Austria) and has done research on water resource management, hydrogeochemistry and also groundwater pollution and remediation.

Juan Guillermo Saldarriaga is director of the Aqueduct and Sewer Research Center of the Universidad de los Andes and will also participate in the webinar. As an academic in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the university, this expert, who has a Master of Science degree from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne , has specialized in research in pipeline hydraulics, urban drainage, aqueducts and sewers. , and irrigation systems.