Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos:
LABTEL

Agua-Andes Team

The Laboratory of Remote Sensing (LABTEL) resides within the Dept. of Physical Sciences in Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM) in Lima, Peru. LABTEL and U of Arizona collaboratively developed the Agua Andes project as part of the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program which is jointly funded through USAID and NSF. This interdisciplinary project links researchers from UNMSM with the University of Arizona to study the headwaters of the Peruvian Andes in the context of increasing water scarcity and drought.

Leadership

Dr. Bram Willems (PI)

Dr. Willems is the co-director of LABTEL and has been a professor within the Physics Department of UNMSM since 2009. His specializes in the study of desertification, extreme climate events, water resources and ecosystems using remote sensing tools. He received his PhD in Physics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuvem in Belgium.

Students 

Mervin Obed Becerra Solano

Mervin has a bachelors degree in agronomy from the Universidad Nacional Pedro Ruiz Gallo en Lambayeque and is currently a masters student in soil sciences at the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina. He is investigating the impact of soil degradation in the paramos in the headwaters of the Piura and Chancay-Lambayeque River basins.

Ana Luisa Calvo Acosta 

Ana has a bachelors degree in geography from UNMSM and is a member of the Engineering College of Peru. She is a graduate student in Sustainable Development in the Universidad Pontificie Catolica del Peru. She is an assistant supporting the management of the PEER project and is also conducting research on the economic and natural factors relating to the project.

Gisell Indira Carbajal Dominguez

Gisell has her bachelors degree in physics from UNMSM and is a graduate student in geophysics at San Marcos. She is focused on physical element of the PEER project and is investigating drought within the Chancay-Lambayeque River basins.

Jorge Luis Garcia Dulanto

Jorge has his bachelors degree in physics with a specialization in geophysics from UNMSM. He graduated from the third International Program for Excellence in Management Excellence – Amartya Sen Prize from UNDP. He is investigating the headwaters for the Chillon-Lima River basin.

Walter Martin Leyva Molina

Martin has a bachelors degree in physical and is a geophysics graduate student at UNMSM. He is investigating the headwaters of the Chancay-Lambayeque River basin.

Rossi Taboada Hermoza

Rossi has her bachelors degree in anthropology from UNMSM and is currently a masters student in water resource management at Pontifica Universidad Catolica of Peru. She is responsible for the social aspect of the group and is investigation self-regulation water management in the headwaters of the Piura River basin and water management in the binational watershed of Catamayo-Chira.

Wilmer Enrique Moncada Sosa

Wilmer has his bachelors degree in physics and a graduate student in physics with a specialization in geophysics at UNMSM. He is investigating the headwaters of Cachi-Ayacucho River basin.

Maria Elena Adauto Aguirre

Maria Elena has a bachelors in physics from UNMSM. She is investigating the headwaters of the Pisco-Pampas River basin in Huancavelica.

Cesar Luis Aybar Camacho

Cesar has a bachelors degree in geography with a specialization in environment and natural resources at UNMSM. He is investigating the spatial distribution of high wetland and hydrological monitoring.