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Seminar: Clara Roa (TerreWEB Associate)

February 28, 2014

“Web based tool for flow monitoring used by water communities”

 Thursday, March 6th,

 2:00pm – 3:00pm (3:30pm for TW scholars)

 Room MCML 154

 Everyone welcome!




Clara will show a virtual tool that explains how to monitor streamflows in small watersheds. The tool is aimed primarily at rural community water organizations (CWO). CWOs continuously deal with climate variability: in summer due to water scarcity and in the rainy season due high sediment loads in the streams. Monitoring flows aim to facilitate decision making processes to mitigate the impacts of droughts and to influence municipal budgets for acquiring protected areas.


The tool was socialized with a group of CWOs, two groups of undergraduate students at local universities, and South American organizations which already are monitoring streamflows. These groups evaluated the content, usefulness and the tool’s web-based format. This virtual tool can be further been developed to share different methodologies or measurement results. The main obstacle for its use by rural communities is limited web access in rural areas.





My name is Clara Roa-Garcia. Since 2005 I have been working with young people and local communities, doing research in natural resources. I am currently working in southwestern Colombia with community organizations that manage water for potable consumption. This internet-based project is part of my thesis “Soils and land use in the Colombian Andes: influence on water yield and low flows in the dry season” that aims to show the role of two types of soils on water regulation in watersheds, particularly in the dry season. One type of soil is from the central branch and the other from the western branch of the Colombian Andes.


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