Mountain GeoScience Group

at Universidad de Concepción (MGSG@UdeC)

About Us

We are a diverse team of Geoscientists curious about dynamics occurring on Mountain Areas, with a strong focus on the Atmosphere-Cryosphere-Hydrosphere nexus. Our research seeks to understand hydroclimatic interactions occurring in Mountain Environments and the application of this hydroclimatic knowledge to improve policy and decision making.

The tools we use include numerical climate modeling, hydroclimatic observations, climate proxies, GIS, remote sensing, and geochemistry. Profoundly, we embrace developing interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to questions relevant to society related to hydroclimate change.

​The MGSG@UdeC Team

Alfonso Fernández

Associate Professor

David Farías-Barahona

Associate Researcher

Research: High-Mountain geography, GeoHazards, Permafrost

Francisco Castro

Ph.D. Student
Geological Sciences
UdeC

Research: Natural Hazards

Sofía Navas

Ph.D. Student
Geological Sciences
UdeC

Research: Glacial Geomorphology, paleoclimate

Hazem Mahmoud

Ph.D. Student
Environmental Science and Engineering
University of Texas San Antonio

Research: Glacier Volume Change, Photogrammetry

Andreaw Rifo

Masters Student
Regional Sciences ​UdeC

Research: Flood modeling, UAV and Lidar

Belén Cartes

Master Student
Geographical Analysis
UdeC

Research: Climate trends and modeling

Constanza Jorquera

Master Student
Geographical Analysis
UdeC

Research: Glacier Volume Change

Gianni Leal

Master Student
Geographical Analysis
UdeC

Research: Snow mapping and analysis

Isabella Ciocca

Masters Student
Regional Sciences ​UdeC

Research: Wildfire modeling and glacial geomorphology

Juan Varas

Master Student
Geographical Analysis
UdeC

Research: Glacier Volume Change, LiDAR

Carlos Almendras

Undergraduate Student
​Geography
​UdeC

Research: Albedo from Remote Sensing

Carlos Pérez

Undergraduate Student
​Geography
​UdeC

Research: Geoinformatics and Glaciology

Marcos Gómez

Master Student
Water Resources
Universidad Austral de Chile
Professional Mountain Guide

Research: Glaciology, Glacial Hazards and Citizen Science

Active Research Projects

Late Holocene glacier fluctuations in Central-South Chile: filling the gap that becomes critical in projected hydroclimatic scenarios.

Funding: National Geographic Society.

Implementation and validation of an early warning system for hydrometeorological hazards based upon unmanned aerial vehicles.

Funding: FONDEF-CONICYT

Wildfires, biodiversity loss and weakening of rural economies under the Chilean forestry model.

Funding: FONDECYT-CONICYT

Studying climate change vulnerability and risks of the Valparaíso Metropolitan Area and identification of adaptation measures.

Funding: Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina (CAF)

Developing mechanistic understanding of the snowline’s role on the differential climatic sensitivity along mountain glaciers.

Funding: FONDECYT-CONICYT

AMAZONIAN-LINCAGES: Amazonian Land-cover-INduced Climate And Glacier Enhanced System.

Funding: Ohio Supercomputer Center

Trajectories of glacier volume in the Sierra del Brujo, Central Chile (34º30’S) under the RCP8.5 scenario using reanalysis of multidecadal geodetic mass balance and coupled atmosphere-cryosphere modeling.

Funding: FONDECYT-ANID

Rock glaciers at the Sierra del Brujo (34.3ºS - 70.2ºW). Understanding their dynamics at the southern margin of the mountain permafrost region, Semiarid Andes of Chile.

Funding: Vicerrectoría de Investigación y Desarrollo, Universidad de Concepción

Establishing a peer-to-peer international and inter-university team with citizen-science moni- toring to address climate resilience and food security.

Funding: Bridgewater State University

Supporting detailed monitoring of Nevados de Chillán, Ñuble region, central macro-zone.

Funding: Ministry of Public Works