"My Faithful Journey"
Hydrologist and Coordinator for International Activities, NOAA Office of Water Prediction
October 20, 2016 - 1:00 pm
Location: 214 CTB
Angelica Gutierrez-Magness, a native Colombian, is a watershed hydrologist with 20+ years of experience in the fields of hydrological and water quality modeling and uncertainty analyses. She leads collaborations in the Environmental area and on behalf of the US government. Within the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), she provides leadership and coordination of the AmeriGEOSS Initiative led by the GEO Principals of the 16-country members in the Americas and is the NOAA lead for the Global Water Sustainability (GEOGLoWS) initiative. At the NOAA/Office of Water Prediction, she manages the international projects of hydrology, including those in the bilateral NOAA-Environment Canada, and others related to the WMO Commission for Hydrology.
Since 2009 and as part of her responsibilities in NOAA, Dr. Gutiérrez-Magness co-leads and coordinates activities associated with the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) for the Americas. Her activities include collaborations and project development among countries and organizations in the designated AmeriGEOSS-priority areas: disaster, water, biodiversity and ecosystems, and agriculture. She also leads the working group of the Americas Caucus: “The Centre of Hydrologic and Spatial Information for Latin America and the Caribbean” (CIEHLYC), a professional network established in 2011 that provides a unique GEO perspective in the areas of outreach and capacity building activities in the region. Her career as a mathematical modeler was initiated at the EPA-Chesapeake Bay Program Office where she participated in the Program’s activities to address the Watershed and Bay’s water quality impairments. Later on, she was a hydrologist for the USGS where she led projects in the area of watershed and water quality modeling. Until 2014, she was a research associate at the CEE University of Maryland – College Park with activities related to the application of remote sensing data to predict nitrogen concentrations in forested areas, undergoing natural and human-made deforestation. In 2016 she was awarded the honorary professor at the National University of Colombia in Engineering.
She is a member of the U.S delegation for the Joint Commission Meetings (JCM) with countries in the Americas on Science and Technology Cooperation, and for the Commission on Hydrology WMO-Chy of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Dr. Gutiérrez-Magness also provides project planning and coordination support for the development of the Integrated Water Resources Science and Services (IWRSS) modeling and stakeholder interaction projects.