Offer TitleAdaptive strategies for water scarcity mitigation
Organisation NameIRTA
Family NameCristóbal
First NameJordi
Accademic TitlePhD
Department / SectionWater Use Efficiency Program
Phone+34 973 03 28 50
Link to 'research gate' or equivalenthttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jordi-Cristobal-Rossello
KeywordsRemote sensing, droughts, evapotranspiration, water resources, agriculture
DescriptionDr. Jordi Cristóbal. (Project PI) is a Biology (Autonomous University of Barcelona, 1998), a MSc in Remote Sensing (1999), and PhD in Environmental Sciences (Autonomous University of Barcelona, 2008). He is currently a researcher at IRTA, and he has been previously employed at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and Asiaq – Greenland Survey, among others. His main area of research focuses on the numerical modelling of global processes using climate GIS-based modelling and multiplatform satellite data to analyse extreme events, such as droughts, as well as the effects of global change on the water cycle. His multidisciplinary research experience spans a broad range of areas in Environmental geography such as quantitative remote sensing and in developing or improving methodologies for retrievals of biophysical variables by means of numerical modelling, from local to global scales, and big datasets of multiplatform and multiresolution remote sensing imagery. In parallel, he has focused on vegetation phenology/species mapping and monitoring, biomass estimation, and snow-cover mapping. Besides satellite data processing and modelling, he has extensive experience in field data collection for satellite data calibration and evaluation.
Project DescriptionWe would like to participate in a proposal that will develop an integrated and dynamic support system for water resources management that will facilitate the implementation of local strategies to increase the resilience of Mediterranean basins with agricultural uses to, climate projections on water scarcity and extreme weather events. In particular, we would be interested in the following goals: 1. To improve the efficiency of water distribution and use in agriculture to optimize the water stored in aquifers. 2. To strengthen the skills of all the actors involved in the efficient use of water in agriculture and prepare them for innovative approaches to deal with rigorous scenarios of water scarcity. 4. To integrate quantitative data in the calculation of the surface water balance to improve groundwater, reservoir management and water supply estimates. To do that we do field work in agricultural and forest areas, we acquire thermal and multispectral drone and we process satellite data focused on evapotranspiration retrieval and we evaluate our results using Eddy-Covariance data (we manage one flux tower over and agricultural area) and two weighting lysimeters in which we can induce water stress.
Opportunities for NetworkingWe are also open to any network opportunities that might arise.