Imperial College London

Dr Boris F. Ochoa-Tocachi

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Associate



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Boris Ochoa-Tocachi is a Postdoctoral Research Associate from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London, United Kingdom. He is a researcher in the project "How do the Páramos store water: The role of plants and people" (PARAGUAS) and in the Natural Infrastructure for Water Security project (INSH).

Boris is a Hydrologist and Civil Engineer with both academic and professional experience in Andean hydrology, hydrological monitoring and modelling, and water resources management. He has been an international consultant for the Regional Initiative for Hydrological Monitoring of Andean Ecosystems (iMHEA), for ATUK Consultoría Estratégica (, for the Community Tourism Network of Austral Ecuador (Pakariñan), and researcher in Universidad de Cuenca, Ecuador. In the Consortium for the Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion (CONDESAN), he worked in projects such as “MOUNTAIN-EVO: Adaptive Governance of Mountain Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation Enabled by Environmental Virtual Observatories”, “PRAA: Project for Adaptation to the Accelerated Retreat of Glaciers in the Tropical Andes”, and CGIAR’s “CPWF: Challenge Program on Water and Food” – Andes.

Boris holds a Civil Engineering degree with distinction (2011) from Universidad de Cuenca, an MSc with distinction in Hydrology and Water Resources Management (2014) and a PhD in Civil Engineering Research (2019) from Imperial College London. He has received several prizes for academic excellence, including the Benigno Malo prize at Universidad de Cuenca (2012), both the Letitia Chitty Centenary Memorial and Victor Appleby Prizes in Engineering Hydrology at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London (2015), and the Unwin Postgraduate Prize awarded to the student presenting the best PhD Thesis in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London (2020). Boris received an Imperial College President's PhD Scholarship and was part of the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet Doctoral Training Partnership between NERC and the Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment. Currently, Boris investigates on how to combine indigenous knowledge and nature-based solutions with traditional hydrological engineering to solve problems related to national and global water security.



Correa A, Ochoa Tocachi B, Birkel C, et al., 2020, A concerted research effort to advance the hydrological understanding of tropical páramos, Hydrological Processes, ISSN:0885-6087

Mao F, Khamis K, Clark J, et al., 2020, Moving beyond the technology: a socio-technical roadmap for low-cost water sensor network applications, Environmental Science and Technology (washington), Vol:54, ISSN:0013-936X, Pages:9145-9158

Grainger S, Ochoa-Tocachi BF, Antiporta J, et al., 2020, Tailoring infographics on water resources through iterative, user-centered design: A case study in the Peruvian Andes, Water Resources Research, Vol:56, ISSN:0043-1397

Ochoa-Tocachi BF, Buytaert W, 2020, Ancient water harvesting practices can help solve modern problems, The Science Breaker: Science Meets Society, Vol:06


Ochoa-Tocachi B, Buytaert W, De Bièvre B, Participatory water resources monitoring as a science-policy tool: a decade of experience from the Andes, Copernicus GmbH

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