Boris Ochoa-Tocachi is a Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London, supervised by Dr Wouter Buytaert. He holds an Imperial College President's PhD Scholarship and is part of the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet Doctoral Training Partnership between NERC and the Grantham Institute - Climate Change and the Environment.
His PhD research focuses on the interface between hydrological process understanding, ecosystem services management, and sustainable development, with a special focus in remote mountain environments. Although mountains are identified as “water towers” hosting 50% of global biodiversity and providing, directly or indirectly, fresh water to over 50% of the world’s population, they often host so-called “poverty pockets”. His work aims to optimise the use of multi-source data for hydrological ecosystem service quantification and management, ultimately supporting poverty alleviation.
Boris holds a Civil Engineer degree with distinction (2011) from Universidad de Cuenca, Ecuador, and an MSc with distinction in Hydrology and Water Resources Management (2014) from Imperial College London, and received both the Letitia Chitty Centenary Memorial and Victor Appleby prizes for academic excellence. He also accounts for almost 5 years of professional international experience in hydrological monitoring, mountain hydrology and land planning in South America.
et al., 2017, Comparative Ground Validation of IMERG and TMPA at Variable Spatiotemporal Scales in the Tropical Andes, Journal of Hydrometeorology, Vol:18, ISSN:1525-755X, Pages:2469-2489
Ochoa-Tocachi BF, Buytaert W, De Bievre B, 2016, Regionalization of land-use impacts on streamflow using a network of paired catchments, Water Resources Research, Vol:52, ISSN:0043-1397, Pages:6710-6729
et al., 2016, Impacts of land use on the hydrological response of tropical Andean catchments, Hydrological Processes, Vol:30, ISSN:0885-6087, Pages:4074-4089