Natalia Uribe Rivera

PhD candidate


Natalia Uribe graduated from the University of Valle (Colombia) with a degree in Civil and Topographic Engineering. She holds two MSc degrees. MSc in Environmental Science, specialization Environmental Science and Technology from UNESCO-IHE in 2015. And, MSc in Engineering, specialization in Sanitary and Environmental engineering at the University of Valle. Currently, she is a PhD research fellow in Chair Group of Hydroinformatics of IWSG Department, supervised by PhD. Gerald Corzo. Her promotor is Prof. Dimitri P. Solomatine. She started her PhD in February 2016.

Natalia provides technical expertise on both domestic and international projects. She has a combined consultancy and research experience in water management modelling. During ten years of her work with CIAT, Natalia’s expertise in hydrological modelling has provided key determinants for projects aimed at identifying relevant sites for payment for environmental services (PES) schemes, as well as those analyzing impacts of land-use. She also has experience in remote sensing, GIS analysis, and training in hydrological modelling (ArcSWAT) for organizations in Latin America.


Spatio-temporal multi-objective optimization of agricultural best management practices in Colombia.

Research Summary

The main general objective of this research is select and allocate the optimal agricultural BMPs for run-off pollution control at watershed scale; and, to develop a spatio-temporal multi-objective optimization framework.

This research is funded by Nuffic. The Dutch organization for internationalization in education.


Francesconi W., Uribe N., Valencia J., & Quintero M. (2018). Andean Hydrology. Chapter four. Modeling for Management: A Case Study of the Canete Watershed, Peru. CRC Press. ISBN 9781498788403.

Tapasco, J., M. Quintero, N. Uribe, J. Valencia, G. Romero, S. Calderon, D. A. Ordonez, A. Alvarez, L. Sanchez-Aragon y C. E. Ludena. (2015). Impactos Economicos del Cambio Climatico en Colombia: Recurso Hidrico. Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, Monografia No. 258, Washington D.C.

Quintero, M., Estrada, RD., Burbano, J., Tapasco, J., Uribe, N., Escobar, G., Beland, E., Moreno, A., Gavilanes, C., Mantilla, D., Valencia, J. (2013). Panorama para la distribucion de los beneficios de los servicios ambientales hidrologicos de la cuenca del rio Quijos, Ecuador. Work document No. 224. Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT), Agencia Alemana para la Cooperacion Internacional (GIZ), Centro Latinoamericano para el Desarrollo Rural (Rimisp), Iniciativa del Programa de Reto del CGIAR sobre Agua y Alimentacion (CPWF). Cali, Colombia.

Uribe, N., Quintero, M. (2011). Aplicacion del modelo hidrologico SWAT en la cuenca del rio Canete. Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical. Informe interno, Cali, Colombia.

Uribe N. (2010). Spanish version of the Soil and water assessment tool user’s manual SWAT 2005.

Other information

MSc. Thesis

Uribe N. et al. (2015) SWAT modelling approach to assess the impacts of Best Management Practices (BMPs) in a potato crop system in a Colombian watershed. Thesis, Master of Science at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Delft.

Supervisors: Dr. Ann van Griensven. Dr. Marcela Quintero

Trainer experience

Introductory SWAT (ArcSWAT). Trainer to support different CIAT partners:

October 2013. IHLLA Institute. Azul, Argentina.

June 2012. Natural Heritage Conservation Incentives Project. Cali, Colombia.

September 2011. Medellin Public Enterprises – EPM. Medellin, Colombia.

May 2011. Environmental Ministry. Lima, Peru,

Febraury 2011.Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ). Quito, Ecuador.


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