Center for Advanced Studies in Arid Zones (CEAZA)

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The Center for Advanced Studies in Arid Zones (CEAZA) is a Regional Scientific Research and Technological Center in La Serena, the Region of Coquimbo, arid North-Central Chile.
CEAZA is made up of almost fifty scientists, who are supported in diverse areas by a team of professionals and technicians, who add up to over one hundred people. Since June of 2008, the centre is an autonomous corporate entity acting as a non profit organization in the private sector. Its mission is to promote the scientific and technical development of the Region of Coquimbo, through the scientific and technological high level investigation driven by the climatic oscillation (ENSO) effects on the hydrological cycle and the biological productivity in the arid and marine zones of north-central Chile.
The area of investigation which will be part of the project is dedicated to the study and modelling of the hydrological cycle and to the assessment of the vulnerability of the regional water resources (Integrated management), both in terms of magnitude and environmental quality, using different methodologies, and supported by and integrated models.
Furthermore, CEAZALabs which is developing recently an integrated system for predictions is part of CEAZA ( As mentioned above the centre is supported also from investigators of the regional Universities and Institution. Therefore, two professors from the Agronomy Department (Sciences College) and from the environmental area of the Mines Engineering Department (Engineering College) will participate in this project collaborating with CEAZA.
The main task in the project will be looking at the basin vulnerability with focus on water scarce years and extreme hydrological periods with the help of allocation modelling. This includes evaluating the transferability of the approach to the other basins under study. Moreover, out of the experiences of the model set up, further research and especially work with different levels of organisations, a guide for a Model of Certification of good water management practices will be developed. This could serve as an incentive in the future to promote these practices and support a more efficient and transparent water management.
Previous experience of CEAZA exists in basin modelling with both models. Together with ITT, CEAZA has a small running project of the BMBF (Germany) and CONICYT (Chile) in expert exchange concerning drought indicators since mid of last year in two different catchments in Chile, one being the Limari river basin. Furthermore, a part of the CEAZA participants work also since two years in a project concerning interactions of surface and groundwater, analysing isotopes in the Limari river basin. Therefore, CEAZA will be a good discussion partner analysing isotopes in the other basins of the project.


Nicole Kretschmer
is a Civil Engineer (1997) of the Applied University of Aachen, Germany, with the specialization in water resources and received the Master of Sciences in the area of water resources and management (2000) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. She got working experience at the ITT, Cologne University of Applied Sciences in the area of natural resources management, in BMBF projects in Chile and Brazil amongst others. Since 2007 she is working for CEAZA in topics concerning integrated basin management, incl. water quantity and quality issues.


Rosa Godoy Urrutia

Environmental Civil Engineer (2012) from the University of La Serena. She contributed to the Center for Advanced Studies in Arid Zones CEAZA, specifically in the area of Water Resources, she provided support in the collection of data on the RBIS (River Basin Information System) in the platform for Limarí river basin, under the project WEIN (Water use Efficiency in Northern Central Chile).
Besides, she has been developed in the environment management area, serving at mining companies of the region of Coquimbo, in topics related with the environment permissions and its evaluation in the Evaluation Environment System (SEA)