Dr Vivian Camacho-Suarez

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate

Academic career

2019-present: Research Associate in Flood Modelling, Loughborough University. 
2015-present: PhD in Water Quality Modelling in Rivers, University of Sheffield.
2012-2014: MSc in Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education.
2007-2010: BSc in Biological Systems Engineering-Land and Water Resources, Virginia Tech.

Professional responsibilities

Volunteer – Water Youth Network/Gaia Pacha Foundation: Rio Rocha initiative – macroinvertebrates sampling.

Currently, Vivian is studying the impact of precipitation uncertainty on real-time flood predictions under the NERC UK Climate Resilience Program. As population increases and climate change adds extra uncertainty to flood forecasting efforts, there is a need for accurate flooding predictions. To do so, a new area of research was developed: Flood nowcasting utilizes frequently updated flood predictions with shorter lead times. Vivian's research will explore how these new precipitation products will impact the flooding predictions. A key aspect of this research is the communication of uncertainty to stakeholders for the adequate emergency response.

Vivian's previous research included the evaluation of uncertainties associated with water quality models in rivers. More specifically, how parameter uncertainty from the dispersion coefficients propagates through water quality concentrations and water quality regulation. In addition, Vivian evaluated rainfall-runoff, hydrodynamic and ecological models for the estimation of dissolved oxygen and other ecological indicators in rivers. Her past research also included data collection and analysis of hydro-chemical and isotope parameters in river catchments for the study of runoff processes and their temporal and spatial contributions to total runoff.

  • Camacho Suarez, Vivian V., Brederveld, R. J., Fennema, M., Moreno-Rodenas, A., Langeveld, J., Korving, H., … Shucksmith, J. (2019). Evaluation of a coupled hydrodynamic-closed ecological cycle approach for modelling dissolved oxygen in surface waters. Environmental Modelling & Software. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.ENVSOFT.2019.06.003
  • Camacho Suarez, V V, Saraiva Okello, A. M. L., Wenninger, J. W., & Uhlenbrook, S. (2015). Understanding runoff processes in a semi-arid environment through isotope and hydrochemical hydrograph separations. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences19(10), 4183–4199. https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-4183-2015
  • Camacho Suarez, V V, Schellart, A. N. A., Brevis, W., & Shucksmith, J. D. (2019). Quantifying the Impact of Uncertainty within the Longitudinal Dispersion Coefficient on Concentration Dynamics and Regulatory Compliance in Rivers. Water Resources Research55(5), 4393–4409. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018WR023417