Water Quality in the Napo Region: The Impacts of Oil Operations in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Posted 1 year ago by Santiago Lopez

School(s) : Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, STEM
Primary PI Name : Santiago Lopez
Email : cslopez@uw.edu
Phone : 425-352-3393
Project/Faculty Website : https://www.uwb.edu/ias/faculty-and-staff/santiago-lopez
Research Location : UW Bothell
Project Goals : This project aims to improve our understanding of water quality variability over time in a region of the Ecuadorian Amazon that has been severely impacted by oil operations since the 1970s. We collected water quality data in 2011 and 2013 in two watersheds linked to the Pastaza river (a major tributary of the Amazon river). We will compile and systemize additional data collected between 2011 and 2016 and analyze them using a geo-statistical framework. In this project, we will work closely with Acción Ecológica, an Ecuadorian NGO that has been monitoring water quality, public health issues, and environmental justice in the area since the 1990s. Project Goals: The goal of this project is to generate a comprehensive geodatabase with information about water quality in two micro-watersheds in the Amazon basin that can be further used in a GIS to identify spatial patterns. We envision to complete this work during at the end of the Winter quarter but opportunities exist to continue with this project until the Spring quarter.
Student Qualifications : Proficient use of Excel and Word. GIS skills (at least one intro level). Some knowledge about measuring physical parameters of water quality. Ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
Time Frame : This is a two term project for the Fall and Winter, and maybe for the Spring quarter. The student will be asked to: commit to 5 hours per week for Fall and Winter quarters, attend one orientation session with Dr. Lopez the first week, and attend a 30 – 60 min weekly meeting with Dr. Lopez.

  • School(s) : Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, STEM
  • Primary PI Name : Santiago Lopez
  • Interested? Contact Faculty Researcher by Email : cslopez@uw.edu
  • Phone : 425-352-3393
  • Project/Faculty Website : https://www.uwb.edu/ias/faculty-and-staff/santiago-lopez
  • Research Location : UW Bothell
  • Project Goals : This project aims to improve our understanding of water quality variability over time in a region of the Ecuadorian Amazon that has been severely impacted by oil operations since the 1970s. We collected water quality data in 2011 and 2013 in two watersheds linked to the Pastaza river (a major tributary of the Amazon river). We will compile and systemize additional data collected between 2011 and 2016 and analyze them using a geo-statistical framework. In this project, we will work closely with Acción Ecológica, an Ecuadorian NGO that has been monitoring water quality, public health issues, and environmental justice in the area since the 1990s. Project Goals: The goal of this project is to generate a comprehensive geodatabase with information about water quality in two micro-watersheds in the Amazon basin that can be further used in a GIS to identify spatial patterns. We envision to complete this work during at the end of the Winter quarter but opportunities exist to continue with this project until the Spring quarter.
  • Student Qualifications : Proficient use of Excel and Word. GIS skills (at least one intro level). Some knowledge about measuring physical parameters of water quality. Ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
  • Number of Student Positions Available : 2
  • Time Frame : This is a two term project for the Fall and Winter, and maybe for the Spring quarter. The student will be asked to: commit to 5 hours per week for Fall and Winter quarters, attend one orientation session with Dr. Lopez the first week, and attend a 30 – 60 min weekly meeting with Dr. Lopez.