Imperial College London

Dr Boris F. Ochoa-Tocachi

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Associate



+44 (0)20 7594 6018boris.ochoa13 CV




411Skempton BuildingSouth Kensington Campus




Research interests

  • Ecosystem service quantification and management
  • Water resources and environmental change
  • Hydrological and environmental monitoring
  • Hydrological modelling and prediction
  • Hydroinformatics

Research Overview

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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”. Moreover, increasingly rapid land use and cover change and degradation (LUCCD) and climatic changes (CC) strongly impact on their hydrology in a persistent, and sometimes irreversible, way. The severity of their degradation contrasts strongly with the lack of knowledge about their hydrological processes and characteristics.

As a response to these matters, there is a strong potential for participatory initiatives to alleviate data scarcity in remote mountain regions. But because of the different nature of the generated information, it is necessary to develop novel data assimilation and modelling tools in order to extract relevant information and generate significant knowledge. His research explores the potential of information from multiple sources, such as citizen science approaches, as a way to complement more traditional ways of scientific data collection and knowledge generation. This ultimately aims to improve water resources and ecosystem services management in mountain environments for poverty alleviation.