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Luisa Orci Fernandez

Global Shocks and Disruptions to Scotland’s Surface Waters – a systems-based scenario analysis of emerging pressures

Project Dates: 1 October 2023 - 30 September 2027

Luisa is a Hydro Nations Scholar and a Ph.D. student at the University of Edinburgh, where she is conducting research focused on understanding how soil moisture and carbon dynamics will change under various future climate and land use scenarios across mineral and organic soils. Her research is particularly relevant to Scotland and will employ a systems approach, using a gridded land surface model of intermediate complexity, calibrated with earth observations and soil maps data, to generate predictions of Scotland's land and surface hydrological conditions throughout the 21st century. These predictions are crucial for assessing hydrological risks related to water resources, food production, and land use objectives, especially in the context of achieving Net Zero emissions.

Luisa's research background also includes experience in modeling permanent land cover changes and their impacts on the hydrological cycle. Before her Ph.D. studies, she worked as a Junior Hydrologist at a risk assessment company in the United States. She holds a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Geological Sciences from Arizona State University, where her focus was on ecohydrology, and she earned her Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Physics from The University of Sonora in Mexico.