ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
The Alliance of Mexican Indian Geoscientific Opportunities (AMIGOs) is an academic initiative by the geoscientists and researchers from Mexico and India. It provides a common platform for sharing their expertise in different themes related to earth sciences and take this bilateral collaboration forward to uncover scientific ways to understand the effects of anthropogenic climate change as well as to mitigate them. AMIGOs is organizing its first bilateral workshop with focus on water, climate change and disasters in the main campus of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (National Autonomous University of Mexico, QS Global Ranking # 113) located at Mexico City (Mexico) with the participation of experts from different institutes (Institute of Geology, Institute of Geophysics, Institute of Geography, and Centre for atmospheric Science) and faculties (Faculty of Engineering, IRD in Mexico) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico as well as the scientists and faculties with similar and complementary research expertise from the Anna University, Bharathidasan University, Pondicherry University, French Institute of Pondicherry and Sri Shakthi Institute of Engineering and Technology of India. During the workshop, there will be plenaries by experts in the areas of global warming and extreme events, disasters associated with climate change, modelling and exploration of ground water, hydro-geochemical processes, and paleoclimatology using different scientific tools related to meteorology, geology, geophysics, geography, geochemistry as well as spatial observations and field data for the undergraduate and postgraduate students and early career research scientists.
10 th May 2019
Last date of registration
15 th May 2019
Intimation of acceptance to participants
21 th May 2019
Confirmation from the participants
29th May 2019
Title of the Plenary: Understanding Disaster Risk and Disasters
Former Director and current Professor and Researcher of the Institute of Geography at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
She studied her first degree in Geography at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, UNAM. Later on, she obtained a Ph.D. in Geography/Geomorphology from King’s College London, University of London, and carried out a post-doc stay at MIT in Boston.
Her research interest is concentrated on landslides, vulnerability, integrated disaster risk research and integrated disaster management. Since 2000 she has been collaborating with the National Centre for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) in Mexico. She has been former vice-Presidents of the International Geographical Union (IGU), International Consortium on Landslides (ICL), and International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG). She is a member of the Science Leadership Council of the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), and the International Geoscience Programme Council (IGCP) Scientific Board (UNESCO). She is also chair of the Disaster Risk Reduction Steering Committee of the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, International Science Council (ISC-ROLAC) and Vice-President of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk programme of the International Science Council (ISC-IRDR).
Title of the Plenary: The answer is blowing in the wind: Climate Variability during Holocene in the Gulf of California
Dr. Perez-Cruz obtained her Ph.D from the National Autonomous University of Mexico UNAM). She is Researcher in the Institute of Geophysics, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Director of the Oceanographic Platforms of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) as well as President of the Geophysical Union of Mexico. Her research interests are in ocean-climate interactions, role the ITCZ and North America Monsoon in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean (ETPO), Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, and the recovery conditions after the Chicxulub Impact. Her current projects include ocean and climate interactions in the Gulf of California during Holocene, marine geology in the Yucatan continental Shelf, the geologic processes and environmental effects of the Cretaceous-Paleogene Chicxulub meteor impact, and the hyperthermal events during the Paleocene-Eocene.
Title of the Plenary: Mathematical modeling of groundwater flow and nitrate transport in the Mexico City aquifer
She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, 1989) and a master’s degree in Mathematical and Computational Modeling of Geophysical Systems from the same university in 1992. Her second master’s degree in Mathematics is from the University of Vermont (USA, 1995) and her Doctoral study was in Applied Mathematics from the same university (1998). Her main areas of research are mathematical modeling with applications to groundwater and enhanced oil recovery, stochastic modeling, geostatistics, optimal design of groundwater monitoring networks and numerical methods.
She worked for about ten years in the Mexican Institute of Water Technology and is a faculty of the Institute of Geophysics of UNAM since April 2008. She has 40 publications, in international journals and conference proceedings, and two chapters in books. She has been PI or participant of 23 applied and research projects. Also guided 3 undergraduate, 12 master's and 5 doctoral students.
Her main distinctions and recognitions are: Recognition Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (2018); Gabino Barreda Medal (1997); "John F. Kenney" Award (1995); Member of the Sistema Nacional the Investigators since 1999; President of the Mexican Chapter of the International Society for Porous Media (InterPore) (2015 – 2017).
Title of the Plenary: Carbon isotopes in sediments and groundwater: tools for chronology and paleoclimate studies.
Laura Beramendi-Orosco is a Principal Research Scientist in the Department of Environmental and Soil Sciences, Institute of Geology, UNAM. She has two main research topics: (1) High resolution chronology building for the late Quaternary and (2) Carbon isotopes as tracers in Carbon Cycle studies. She is head of the Radiocarbon Laboratory since 2004 and recently of the Stable Isotopes Laboratory, both laboratories form part of the National Laboratory of Geochemistry and Mineralogy. She has widely collaborated with researchers from the Earth Sciences and Archaeology in constructing high-resolution chronological models, combining Radiocarbon, Bayesian statistics and other dating methods. Her research regarding modern radiocarbon variations in clean and urban environments is pioneer in Mexico, producing the first records of modern atmospheric radiocarbon variations in the area, either for modern chronology, forensic purposes, or for studies on CO2 emission sources.
Title of the Plenary: Groundwater investigations in the Faculty of Engineering, UNAM
Dr. Antonio Hernández-Espriú holds a B.Sc. in Engineering Geology (UNAM) and a Ph.D. in Environmental Hydrogeology from the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain). Currently, he is a tenured full-time Research/Professor at the Faculty of Engineering (UNAM), where he leads the academic activities of the Hydrogeology Group. He is a former Head of the Earth Sciences Division at the same School and a former visiting Researcher at the Bureau of Economic Geology of the University of Texas at Austin, funded by the Fulbright, DGAPA-PASPA and Matías Romero Programs.
Dr. Hernández-Espriú has published a variety of scientific papers in prestigious journals including Groundwater, Hydrogeology Journal, Journal of Hydrology, Hydrological Processes, Journal of Environmental Management, among many others. He also has presented more than 50 lectures and conferences in national and international academic forums.
His main research topics include quantitative aquifer assessments, environmental hydrogeology and land subsidence processes, well test analysis using oil reservoir techniques and water – energy nexus in shale gas/oil plays within a transboundary context.
Title of the Plenary: The monsoon of North America: Observational and modelling activities, UNAM
Dr. Quintanar has worked in the fields of meteorology, air quality and hydrology since the early 1990s. He has worked extensively with the representation of various land surface and hydrological processes in coupled land-atmosphere modelling systems. He began his research career working with the Atmospheric General Circulation Model (AGCM) developed at UCLA to study large-scale atmospheric dynamics over Antarctica and how low-latitude wave activity influence polar atmospheric circulation as a doctoral student at the Atmospheric Sciences Department at UCLA. As a postdoctoral fellow, at Los Alamos National Laboratory and UCSD-Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Dr. Quintanar continued working with AGCMs studying the effect of sea surface temperature variability and global climate and transport of tracer particles over the Arctic region. From 2002 onwards Quintanar spent time as visiting scholar in Canada, USA and Mexico at several universities working on air-quality, irrigation problems and regional meteorology. In 2011 he returned to CCA-UNAM to become full time researcher and continued working on land use land change problems and the representation of land surface heterogeneity and feed-backs with boundary layer development and precipitating convective cloud processes. Currently, he participates with colleagues from other areas of atmospheric research which include, but are not limited to, the hydrological cycle of the North American Monsoon system, irrigation over the Iberian Peninsula, dynamical controls of water vapour transport over Mexico with emphasis on synoptic large-scale and mesoscale circulations.
Title of the Plenary: Hydrogeological studies in Mexico City: groundwater flow modeling, land subsidence and deep exploration
Dr. Morales-Casique is Investigador Titular A in the Institute of Geology of UNAM. He obtained his degree in agricultural engineering from the Autonomous University of Chapingo in 1990 and the Master’s degree in groundwater from UNAM in 1997. His Ph.D is in hydrology from Arizona University in 2004. His research interests are groundwater hydrology, transportation of contaminants in the subsoil and its mathematical and computational modellings. One of his outstanding research findings is about the new theory related to mathematical and computational modelling of transportation of a tracer in heterogeneous aquifers and in uncertain conditions. He has generated quality human resources and also has taught several courses in the department of postgraduate studies in earth sciences of UNAM and supervised multiple undergraduate and postgraduate theses.
Title of the Plenary: Challenges and opportunities in the application of the Regional Groundwater Flow Systems approach
Dr. Escolero-Fuentes is a civil engineer with specialization in hydrogeology and he later obtained Ph.D, in Earth Sciences. He worked in the National Water Commission of Mexico (CONAGUA) from 1980 to 2003 on issues related to the management and evaluation of groundwater. He is currently a researcher at the Institute of Geology of UNAM and a professor in the Postgraduate Program in Earth Sciences at the same university. His field of research is management of groundwater, and he has published several scientific articles and books related to hydrogeology and hydrochemistry in groundwater flow systems, hydrogeological reserves and environmental aspects related to groundwater.
Title of the Plenary: Paleoclimate change in Latin America over the last 2000 years
Abdel Sifeddine obtained his PhD in “Geology of the Quaternary” at the National Museum of Natural History - Paris (France) in 1991. He also completed a post-doc in “Paleoclimate of South America” in 1997, at the University of Orléans (France). He is titular researcher at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) since 1994, where he presently occupies the position of Research Director Senior (DR0). He is also Associate Professor at the Federal Fluminense University – Brazil, since 1997. In 2004, he spent 6 months as a Visiting Professor at the Department of Geology, University of Michigan. He is nowadays responsible for several projects of cooperation between IRD and different South American countries, such as the CLIMPAST project (IRD-CNPq, 2007-2011). He is currently Director of the "PALEOTRACES" International Laboratory between France, Brazil, Chile and Peru. He published nearly 120 scientific papers and participated in more than 200 international congresses. He also supervised 12 MScs and 17 PhDs. Today, he is representative of IRD in Mexico and Central America.
Title of the Plenary: Responses of the arid ecosystems of Mexico to the late Quaternary global climate changes
Dr. Roy studied the Bachelor's degree in Geology from Utkal University (India) with honors. He studied two masters: one in Applied Geology at the Indian Institute of Technology of Roorkee and another in Engineering Geology at the Indian Institute of Technology of Kanpur. During this period, he developed his thesis project at University of Karlsruhe in Germany, as a fellow of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD). His interest in paleo-climatology led him to continue his professional and scientific education by taking a doctorate at the same university, with the support of the state government of Baden-Wüttenberg, obtaining a doctor's degree in Natural Sciences with an honorary mention in 2004. The most valuable contribution of his doctoral project was reconstruction of hydroclimate of the Thar Desert (India) by studying the Holocene sediments. It established the presence of a hydrological regime that is extinct at present and included investigative tools such as geochemical and mineralogical analysis of evaporitic sequences. His first postdoctoral stay was in the Physical Research Laboratory of Ahmedabad (India) and the second postdoctoral experience at Institute of Geophysics of the National Autonomous University of Mexico between 2006 and 2007. He joined Institute of Geology of the same university in 2008, where he currently serves as full-time Research Professor. He maintains the highest level in the premium program for the performance of full time academic staff of the university and is part of the National System of Researchers in Mexico with level II. He was awarded with the Distinguished Recognition of National University for Young Scientists Prize in the area of Research in Natural Sciences in 2016. His research interests are focused on understanding the responses of Mexican drylands to global climate variability over the late Quaternary. He has documented the dynamics of precipitation and geographic distribution of moisture sourced from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and contributed to understand dynamics of precipitation and desertification during the warm and cold intervals since the last glacial period. He was one of the lead authors of a chapter of the first Mexican report on climate change and presently serves as an associate editor of the oldest geo-scientific research journal of Germany named Chemie der Erde-Geochemistry.
Plenary (Cultural Event) Title: Pancha Bhoota (Five great elements), los cinco elementos de la naturaleza con la danza Bharatanatyam
Ernesto de la Teja González is the director of Casa de la Cultura de la India en México (Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan de México).He received Bachelor’s degree in administration and Master’s degree in Mesoamerican Studies from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He started learning and training in Bharatanatyam dance in 2008 with Prabha Dixit, the disciple of the famous dancer Sudharani Ragupatti. In the year 2010, he began his postgraduate studies about the classical dance of Bharatanatyam and arts of southern India in the prestigious arts and cultural academy of Kalakshetra Foundation in Chennai (Tamil Nadu, India) through the bilateral program of academic exchange between Mexico and India and a scholarship funded by Ministry of External Affairs of Mexico (SRE) and Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). He was the first Mexican student in the history of this academy and the only member of Latin-American origin in the Association of Bharatnatyam Artists of India (ABHAI). After his return to Mexico in 2014, he has been dedicating to broadcast and spread the artistic expressions of India in Mexico through research on classical dances, religions and iconographies of the antique and medieval cultures of India.
Ernesto es Licenciado en Administración y terminó la maestría en Estudios Mesoamericanos en la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. En 2008 inició su entrenamiento en danza bharatanatyam con la maestra Prabha Dixit, discípula de la reconocida bailarina Sudharani Ragupatti. En el año 2010 fue becado gracias a un programa bilaterial de Intercambio Académico entre los gobiernos de India y México,a través de la Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores (S.R.E) y el Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) para estudiar un posgrado en el estilo de danza clásica bharatanatyam y artes de la India del Sur, en el prestigiado Colegio de las Bellas Artes Kalakshetra Foundation en Chennai, Tamil Nadu, siendo el primer alumno mexicano egresado en la historia de esta institución. Es el único miembro latinoamericano de la Asociación de Artistas en Bharatanatyam de India (ABHAI). Desde su regreso a México en 2014 se ha dedicado a la investigación y difusión de las expresiones artísticas de India. Sus ramas de investigación son danza, religión e iconografía de Ia India antigua y medieval. Actualmente dirige la Casa de la Cultura de la India en México.
Title of the Plenary: Inverse mass balance modeling using NETPATH code to identify the major subsurface hydrogeochemical processes in hard rock aquifer
Dr. Subramani is working as Professor in the Department of Mining Engineering, College of Engineering Guindy (CEG), Anna University, INDIA. He obtained 3 Gold Medals for his academic achievements during the undergraduate and postgraduate studies. He was recipients of “Young Scientist Award” from the Department of Science and Technology (DST, Government of India) in the year 2008 and “Wenlock Endowment Award" from Anna University in the year 2018. He has 18 years of teaching and research experience. His areas of specializations are groundwater engineering, engineering geology and geospatial technology. He has published over 100 research papers, guided 11 Ph.D scholars under the emblem of Anna University and completed 4 research projects as well as 7 consultancy projects. He has also organized 14 national and international programs and delivered 60 guest lectures in various training courses and workshops in India and abroad. Details of his academic achievements can be found in https://www.aukdc.edu.in/fis/facultyprofile.php?ch=66820
Title of the Plenary: Climate change Evaluation and its impact assessment in the Cauvery delta region (south India) using Geospatial Technology
Dr. Lakshumanan is an Assistant Professor at Centre for Remote Sensing, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu India. His area of research deals with Remote Sensing, GIS for Coastal and Marine Applications, Disaster Mitigation and Management, Sediment Geochemistry, Carbon sequestration, EIA and Climate change studies.
Title of the Plenary: Coastal zone multi-hazard vulnerability assessment along the South-East coast of India
Dr. Muthusankar is a Researcher and Head of GIS Projects at Department of Geospatial Monitoring and Information Technology (GEOSMIT), French Institute of Pondicherry. He has nearly 20 years of research experience in field of Remote Sensing and GIS for environmental monitoring. His research projects deal with assessing environmental risks and vulnerabilities to climate-related natural hazards, climate change and sea level rise, oceanic forces and anthropogenic effects using spatial observations and field data.
He has completed graduate and master’s studies in Geology, Master’s in Technology and Ph.D.in Remote Sensing at the Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, India. His doctoral research titled - “Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment and Management Strategies for Nagapattinam Coastal Zone, Tamil Nadu”.
Title of the Plenary: Groundwater dynamics in coastal aquifers: controls on salinization, seawater cycling and chemical fluxes
Dr. Srinivasamoorthy is an Associate Professor at Department of Earth Sciences in Pondicherry University (India) with more than 19 years of teaching and research experience. His research interest lies in the fields of geochemistry, pollution and modelling of groundwater (inland and coastal), radioactive isotopes and REEs fingerprinting, resistivity tomography for seawater-groundwater interaction, remote sensing and GIS in water quality mapping. He earned his doctorate in geology from Department of Earth Sciences of the Annamalai University in India. He has published more than 90 research articles in multidisciplinary aspects of aqueous geochemistry in reputed journals. He has guided 3 Ph.D, 10 MPhil and more than 50 Postgraduate students. He is also member of many academic and management committees in India. He has received research grants, fellowship and awards from various government and private sectors. He has organised various national and international training programmes/workshops/symposia/conferences. He is also an associate editor of the “Applied water science journal” of Springer Publication and reviewer in many of the journals from Springer and Elsevier publishers.
Title of the Plenary: Fluoride and nitrate contamination in hard rock aquifers: Potential health risk assessment
Dr. D. Karunanidhi is working as Associate Professor of Geology in the Department of Civil Engineering, Sri Shakthi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore, INDIA. He has 11 years of teaching and research experience. His areas of specializations are groundwater quality and Geographical Information System. He has published over 30 research papers. At present he is guiding 5 research scholars of the Anna University, Chennai. He has completed 2 research projects and 3 consultancy projects. He was a recipient of “Young Scientist Award” from DST -SERB (Govt. of India) in the year 2017 and “Young Scientist Award from Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology, Chennai in the year 2011. He has organized 18 national and international programs. He has delivered 20 guest lectures in various training courses and workshops.
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Dr. Ricardo Barragan Manzo,
Institute of Geology,
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
Dr. Oscar Escolero-Fuentes (UNAM, Mexico)
Dr. Jose Luis Sánchez-Zavala (UNAM, Mexico)
Lic. Jesús Aceves Romero (UNAM, Mexico)
Mtro. Ernesto De la Teja (Casa de Cultura de India en Mexico)
Mtro. Luis Espinosa Arrubarrena (Museo de Geología, Mexico)
Dr. Priyadarsi D. Roy (UNAM, Mexico)
Dr. T. Subramani (Anna University, India)
Dr. D. Karunanidhi (Sri Shakthi Institute of Engineering and Technology, India)
Lic. Graciela Rosario Flores Ramos (UNAM, Mexico)
Auditorio Ricardo Monges,
Instituto de Geofísica
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México,
Mexico City, Mexico
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Anna University, India