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Edisson Quichimbo Miguitama

Research student, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Room 2.28, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT


My research is mainly focused on understanding and quantifying surface-groundwater interactions at different scales, particularly, groundwater recharge from ephemeral streams in dryland regions.


Research interests

  • Hydrology

  • Hydrogeology

  • Surface-groundwater interactions

  • Groundwater recharge

  • Ephemeral streams



  • EA2141 Hydrology and Geomorph of Catchments.

  • EA3123 Engineering Geology.

  • EA1204 GIS


Understanding focused recharge from ephemeral streams in Dryland regions through different scales

Availability and quality of water resources have been threatened over the past several decades, raising concerns for the future. It has been estimated that by 2030 the global population will rise to around 8.3 billion and to 11 billion by 2100, which will put even more pressure on our planet by increasing the demand for more resources, among them fresh water. It is estimated that around 1 billion people lack access to clean drinking water and water scarcity is becoming more critical in dryland regions due to population growth and urban expansion, increasing irrigation demands and climate change. Groundwater is thought to have underpinned early human survival in drylands during climatically turbulent periods and is also increasingly critical to modern human survival in such regions as irrigation increases to meet the food needs of a rising global population. Quantifying the amount and distribution of groundwater recharge is thus fundamental for determining sustainable rates of groundwater resource use whilst maintaining environment flow.

For this reason, the main goal of my research is to develop improved modelling approaches to understand and quantify dryland groundwater recharge globally and sensitivities to environmental change.

Funding source

Cardiff University


Dr Mark Cuthbert

Dr Mark Cuthbert

Principal Research Fellow and Lecturer


Dr Michael Singer

Deputy Director of the Water Research Institute