Fernando Jaramillo is a civil engineer that has worked in the coal-mining sector and environmental consultancy in his home country Colombia. After a 180-degree turn in life, he decided to start a venturing quest into hydrologic and water resources research. He holds a MSc in Civil Engineering (McGill University) and a PhD in Physical Geography (Stockholm University), the latter obtained in 2015 and focused in hydrology and water resources. He has attributed and quantified historical human impacts on water resources and hydroclimate at the global scales from activities such as rain-fed and irrigated agriculture, forestry and flow regulation by dams.
After finishing his PhD, he became a temporary postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg to study the interaction between forest development and hydroclimate in Northern regions.
He is now an appointed researcher at both the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Physical Geography Department, Stockholm University. He completed a one-year research visit at the Geodesy Lab of the Earth and Environment Department & Economics Department at Florida International University, Miami, U.S.A., where he studied the application of remote sensing technologies, such as InSAR for assessment of hydroclimatic change and water resources.
He is performing research in four main areas:
To date, he has reviewed scientific articles for more than twenty peer-reviewed journals. He also has made important scientific outreach efforts to explain the current pressure on global water resources through interviews with important media channels such as BBC, Washington Post, Smithsonian, among others. He also writes for the largest newspaper in Colombia (El Tiempo) on subjects related to sustainability and water resources.
Jaramillo, F., and Destouni, G. (2015). Comment on “Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet.” Science 348, 1217–1217.
Luigi Piemontese, PhD candidate
2018 - Journal / article
The Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta (CGSM), Colombia is possibly the wetland that has experienced the largest mangrove mortality on record due to modification of hydrologic connectivity and consequent hypersaline conditions. We used hydroclimatic, salinity and mangrove basal area data collected in five stations from 1993 to 2015 to study the relation between ongoing mangrove recovery, changes in salinity in the wetland and hydro...
2018 - Journal / article
The Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta (CGSM) is one of the world's most productive tropical wetlands and one that has witnessed some of the greatest recorded dieback of mangroves. Human-driven loss of hydrologic connectivity by roads, artificial channels and water flow regulation appears to be the reason behind mangrove mortality in this ungauged wetland. In this study, we determined the CGSM's current state of hydrologic connecti...