Dr. Wouter Buytaert | United Kingdom
Wouter Buytaert is a reader in hydrology and water resources in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Imperial College London. He is an expert on the impact of environmental change on the water cycle and its consequences for water supply and flood and drought risk. His research interests range from hydrological process understanding, to computer simulation and modelling, decision-support, the science policy interface, and sustainable development. Currently he leads major research projects on the use of participatory approaches for the monitoring of water resources and flood risk, and to create actionable knowledge to support sustainable development and resilience building.
Buytaert has a long-standing research record in tropical and sub-tropical regions, including countries such as Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Ethiopia, Nepal, India, Kyrgyzstan, Tanzania, and Somalia. He has a particular geographical interest in the Andes and the Himalayas.
Plenary topic: Managing the hydro-ecology of Andean ecosystems using participatory approaches.