Water-energy-legal nexus: Geographical patterns and relationships among social, legal, industrial, economic and environmental variables

Diego Rivera

FONDAP CRHIAM, Facultad de Ingeniería Agrícola, Universidad de Concepción

Diego Rivera is Associate Profesor of the Water Resources Department at Universidad de Concepción. His  research topics are climate variability and agriculture, hydrological modeling, and  data mining. He has a strong civil involvement as member of advisory boards of government agencies, as reviewer and advisor of scientific policy, as well as member of the advisory board to define the National Strategy on Water Resources. Currently, he is Principal Investigator of the Water Research Center for Agriculture and Mining (WARCAM), an excellence center funded by the Chilean goverment. He spends his time doing field work at the Andes, teaching at the School of Agricultural Engineering, and playing with his two kids. He works in the field, in his computer and with communities to understand the always complex relationship among water resources, society and natural capital. In doing so, he develops, adapts and integrates techniques from different fields.


Chile was one of the fastest growing economies in Latin America. The economy is mainly supported by the services sector which accounts for 61% of the GDP. However, we are heavily dependent upon the mining industry and recent... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Alex Godoy-Faúndez (CiSGER, FONDAP CRHIAM, School of Engineering, Universidad del Desarrollo)
  2. Douglas Aitken (CiSGER, FONDAP CRHIAM, School of Engineering, Universidad del Desarrollo)
  3. Diego Rivera (FONDAP CRHIAM, Facultad de Ingeniería Agrícola, Universidad de Concepción)
  4. Lorenzo Reyes-Bozo (Universidad Central)

Topic Areas

• Complexity, resilience and sustainability , • Socio-economic metabolism and material flow analysis , • Food, energy, water, and nutrient material flows and footprints


MS-6 » Sustainable Water systems (10:00 - Monday, 26th June, Room I)

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