Constanza Maass Morales

PhD candidate

Biography

Constanza Maass Morales is a PhD candidate at the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), supported by Becas Chile, a Chilean government-sponsored scholarship program. Her research interests are transboundary groundwater systems and related environmental impacts, hydrogeological modelling, development of GIS-based applications and Water Diplomacy.

Born in northern Chile, Constanza has been involved in the study of groundwater systems of the Atacama Desert throughout her career. She worked at CIDERH, a research centre specialised in assessing the water resources of arid zones in Chile. She also worked in the Transboundary Water Resources Unit of Chile's Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a focus on assessing shared aquifers systems located in northern Chile and southern Peru. In addition, she has developed two GIS-web applications to support scientific research and stakeholders' decision-making, the Water Observatory of Tarapaca (ODEA-CIDERH) and the Transboundary Water Information System (SIAT-DIFROL).

Constanza holds a MSc degree in Earth Science from Utrecht University, The Netherlands and a BSc degree in Geography from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica, Chile.

Topic

Developing a zoning methodology for identifying hotspot areas of groundwater impacts in Transboundary Aquifers of arid regions.

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