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Staff profile

Fernando Jaramillo's research focuses on hydroclimatic change, human impact on the water cycle and freshwater consumption

Profile summary

  • Freshwater consumption
  • Hydroclimatic change
  • Water foot printing
  • Wetland restoration
  • Freshwater system
  • Budyko Framework

Fernando Jaramillo is a researcher in the planetary boundaries team at Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Jaramillo is a civil engineer that has worked in the coal-mining sector and environmental consultancy in his home country Colombia. After a 180-degree turn in life, he decided to start a venturing quest into hydrologic and water resources research. He holds a MSc in Civil Engineering (McGill University) and a PhD in Physical Geography (Stockholm University), the latter obtained in 2015 and focused in hydrology and water resources. He has attributed and quantified historical human impacts on water resources and hydroclimate at the global scales from activities such as rain-fed and irrigated agriculture, forestry and flow regulation by dams.

After finishing his PhD, he became a temporary postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg to study the interaction between forest development and hydroclimate in Northern regions.

He is now an appointed researcher at both the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Physical Geography Department, Stockholm University. He completed a one-year research visit at the Geodesy Lab of the Earth and Environment Department & Economics Department at Florida International University, Miami, U.S.A., where he studied the application of remote sensing technologies, such as InSAR for assessment of hydroclimatic change and water resources.

He is performing research in four main areas:

  • Global hydroclimatic change and how it affects the partitioning of water on land
  • Quantification of change in human freshwater consumption during the last century, with implications of this consumption for sustainability and the transgression of the freshwater planetary boundary
  • Impact of human development on the hydrological connectivity of tropical wetlands with particular focus in the RAMSAR denominated Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta, Colombia. This is one of the world’s most productive tropical wetlands and the one that has possibly experienced the largest mangrove mortality on record. In collaboration with the Colombian Institute for Marine and Coastal Research (INVEMAR)
  • Pressure on the hydrological resources of the Colombian National Park System in the post peace negotiations era. In collaboration with Universidad del Rosario, Biology Department, Colombia

To date, he has reviewed scientific articles for more than twenty peer-reviewed journals. He also has made important scientific outreach efforts to explain the current pressure on global water resources through interviews with important media channels such as BBC, Washington Post, Smithsonian, among others. He also writes for the largest newspaper in Colombia (El Tiempo) on subjects related to sustainability and water resources.

Feature publications:

Jaramillo, F, and Destouni, G. (2015). Local flow regulation and irrigation raise global human water consumption and footprint. Science 350, 1248–1251.

Jaramillo, F., and Destouni, G. (2015). Comment on “Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet.” Science 348, 1217–1217.

Luigi Piemontese, PhD candidate

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Publications by Jaramillo, Fernando

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