Maisa Rojas

(CR)2 Director

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Rojas is an associate professor at the Geophysics Department, Universidad de Chile. She studied Physics at Universidad de Chile and holds a PhD in Atmospheric Physics from Oxford University, UK. Her two main research areas are paleoclimate (particularly in the Southern Hemisphere), and regional climate change, working on the assessment of climate change impacts on different sectors of society, including agriculture and water resources.

Rojas was the Scientific Coordinator for the Chilean Ministry of Science for the organization of the COP25, and member of the COP25 Presidential Advisory Council. She was a Lead Author of the 5th Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and currently is a Coordinating Lead Author of the forthcoming IPCC report, AR6.


René Garreaud

(CR)2 Vice-Director

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Garreaud is a full-time professor at the Geophysics Department, Universidad de Chile. He obtained his PhD in Meteorology from the University of Washington, USA, studying the tropical-intertropical interactions and modelling the South American climate. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master in Geophysics, both from Universidad de Chile.

Garreaud’s work areas are mainly focused on climate change and vulnerability, with an emphasis on South America, contributing to many studies of the region’s synoptic and mountain meteorology. An important part of his work has been acting as principal investigator on different projects funded by The National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development (Fondecyt). In 2019, Garreaud has been named corresponding member of The Chilean Academy of Sciences.


Laura Gallardo

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Gallardo is a full-time professor at the Geophysics Department, Universidad de Chile. She studied Physics at Universidad de Chile and obtained a PhD in Chemical Meteorology from Stockholm University, Sweden.

Gallardo worked as an expert assessor for the National Environment Commission (currently, Ministry of Environment), carrying out the first regional modelling studies with an emphasis on the dispersion of sulfur dioxide from copper foundries. Her research focuses on atmospheric modelling and data assimilation, air quality in mega cities and short-lived pollutants. Gallardo was first (CR)2’s Director, between 2013 and 2019. Currently, she is a Lead Author of the forthcoming 6th Assessment Report (AR6) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).


Pilar Moraga

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Moraga is an associate professor at the Faculty of Law, Universidad de Chile. She studied Law at the same university and obtained a Master and a PhD in International and Community Law from Université de Lille, France. Currently, she’s the deputy director of the Environmental Law Centre at Universidad de Chile. Her research interests are focused on sustainable development, environmental law, climate change laws, energy and regulation.

Moraga was a researcher at the IREENAT Research Institute on Transnational Activities at Université de Lille, and at Université de Valenciennes, France. In 2015, she led the (CR)2 and Adapt-Chile joint project “Proposal for a Legal and Institutional Framework to address Climate Change in Chile”, which was one the first projects that discussed the implementation of a climate change law in Chile.


Gustavo Blanco

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Associate Professor at the Institute of History and Social Sciences, Universidad Austral de Chile, and Associate Researcher of the IDEAL (Dynamics of High Latitude Marine Ecosystems) Center. Master of Arts in Social Studies of Science and Technology from Roskilde Universitet, Denmark, and PhD in Sociology from Wageningen University, Netherlands. His research focuses on sociology of climate change, and local responses to climate change policies and processes.


Juan Pablo Boisier

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Physicist from Universidad de Chile. Master’s in Meteorology & Climate from Universidad de Chile, and PhD in Climate Science from L’École Polytechnique, France. His research focuses on the impacts of anthropogenic forcers on driving climate (past and future) on a global scale, particularly in South America.


Camila Álvarez

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Civil engineer and Master in Water Resources and Environment from the Universidad de Chile. PhD in Engineering from University of Melbourne, Australia. Her research focuses on surface hydrology, hydrological modeling, data assimilation, remote sensing, and climate change.


Anahí Urquiza

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Associate Professor at the Anthropology Department, Universidad de Chile. Master in Anthropology from Universidad de Chile, and PhD in Sociology from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany. Her research focuses on urban environmental problems and society, energy poverty, sociology of climate change, and interdisciplinary research.


Francisca Muñoz

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Civil Engineering in Computing Science from Universidad de Chile and Master in Computing Science from Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. She has worked in applied research and development in both academic and private institutions. In (CR) 2 she oversees quality control and publication of meteorological-related data, as well as the cluster and storage infrastructure in support of the modeling and research carried out at the center. She participates in the development of climate services in coordination with other institutions and oversees the intranet and the management of administrative databases.


Anne van Loon

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Van Loon is an Associate Professor in Drought Risk within the Water & Climate Risk group at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. She is a hydrologist and interdisciplinary drought (& flood) risk scientist, interested in the relationship between water, people and the environment. She uses mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative data analysis, modelling, workshops) to understand hydrological processes and their interaction with human activities, especially in relation to drought management and changes in water use and vulnerability.

Anne is currently involved in projects related to drought and flood management in southern Africa (Connect 4 WR), groundwater drought in Europe (GDI), drought risk modelling in eastern Africa, and the EU-funded project RECEIPT on climate risk storylines.

Before starting at VU Amsterdam, Anne was a Senior Lecturer in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham (UK), working on drought propagation and management, flood risk perception, snow & ice hydrology, and mangrove restoration. She did a PhD and postdoc at Wageningen University on drought propagation and impacts, and worked at FutureWater on water management modelling and evaporation.

Center for Climate and Resilience Research (CR2)
Faculty of Physical Sciences and Mathematics
University of Chile
Blanco Encalada 2002, Santiago, Chile
E-mail: cr2summerschool@gmail.com
Web: www.cr2.cl