Dryland Ecohydrologist/Drought and Remote Sensing expert
BSc-MSc in Environmental Sciences (2001) and PhD (2006) at the University of Almeria. Dryland ecohydrologist, and drought and remote sensing expert with more than 10 years of career as researcher and consultant in water resources assessment (quantification of water-energy balance), hydrological and water allocation modelling, and geomatic technologies (analysis of satellite and UAV imagery, and Geographic Information Systems). Dr. Contreras studies and quantifies the links and feedbacks between the Hydrosphere (hydrological processes at the land surface), and the Biosphere (structure and functioning of native and agro- and native ecosystems), and their relation with climate-forcing drivers and human activities at different spatial scales (plot, landscape, regional). He developed its main research career in the Spanish National Research Council (2002-2013), and did stays at Australia (The University of Western Australia), Argentina (Institute of Applied Mathematics of San Luis), and USA (Bureau of Economic Geology). Since its joining in FW at 2013 as consult researcher, Sergio is contributing to a better understanding of drought impacts on the environment and the economy. He leads the InfoDrought pilot project focused on the development and testing of a fully-integrated Drought Monitoring-Management System, and the Work Package on “Drought and Innovations” of the EU-H2020 BRIGAID project. He has actively participated in in many international and Spanish research projects and contracts. Member of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (2000-present).