My research interests broadly focus on the problem of soil and water pollution due to human activity, and how engineered systems can help preventing these contaminants from affecting both environmental and human health. My work so far as an environmental engineer from Chile has focused on developing mathematical tools for simulating the transport and fate of sediments and sediment-bound pollutants during runoff events for various climate, soil and topographic conditions, while also simulating best management practices (BMP) for preventing soil degradation and pollutant transport downstream. Currently, I am investigating one particular BMP called phytoextraction for preventing the transport of heavy metals derived from old mine tailings, which are the source of many of the water quality problems in the Bay Area and in many countries worldwide. My goal is to develop a mathematical model for predicting the effectiveness of phytoextraction for removing heavy metals from the soil under a wide variety of soils, climates and vegetation in order to determine if this BMP is a feasible solution for the water quality problems associated to mine tailings. Moreover, if high extraction rates are observed, such those found in literature for specific hyperaccumulators, I want to assess the economical benefit of reclaiming the extracted ores to determine whether phytoextraction (or phytomining in this case) can actually become a profitable BMP.
Lobo, G.P., Bonilla, C.A., Effect of temporal resolution on rainfall erosivity estimates in zones of precipitation caused by frontal systems, Catena, 135, 202–207.
Lobo, G.P., Bonilla, C.A., Sensitivity analysis of kinetic energy-intensity relationships and maximum rainfall intensities on rainfall erosivity using a long-term precipitation dataset, Journal of Hydrology, 527, 788–793.
Lobo, G.P., Frankenberger, J.R., Flanagan, D.C., Bonilla, C.A., Evaluation and Improvement of the CLIGEN Model for Storm and Rainfall Erosivity Generation in Central Chile, Catena, 127, 206 – 213.
Honors and Awards
Fulbright Grant, Hellman Award, Chilean Society of Hydraulic Engineering SOCHID Award
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