University of Costa Rica (Universidad de Costa Rica), San Jose, Costa Rica

The University of Costa Rica (UCR) is the largest and oldest of the state universities in the country and is ranked 481 in the QS world university ranking, 23rd in Latin America, 1st in Central America, and top in Costa Rica (, last visited 18/01/2017). Teaching at the UCR is organized through 13 colleges, 47 schools, 6 campuses, and 11 sites that host over 38 thousand students. The postgraduate system at UCR offers 9 doctorate degrees, 156 master’s degrees, and 17 specializations in a wide range of disciplines.

Department of Geography (Escuela de Geografia), Water and Global Change Observatory (Observatorio del Agua y Cambio Global – OACG)

The department of Geography currently offers a BSc in Geography, a Licentiate postgraduate program in Geography, a professional master’s degree in GIS and remote sensing, and an academic Master of Science in Geography. The Department of Geography (DG) hosts internationally recognized expertise in (a) tracer hydrology to better understand hydrological functioning across climate gradients in response to environmental change, (b) atmospheric research focused mostly on weather and climate systems and (c) integrated water resources management.

Research Projects in Natural Resources Management

  • Management of Human Impacted Droughts in Tropical Catchments. DAAD-funded. 2016-2019.
  • Water Security and Sustainability in Costa Rica. IAEA-funded, 2015-2018.
  • Isotope-enabled Models for Improved Estimates of Water Balance in Catchments. IAEA-funded, 2018-2021.
  • GLORIOUS: GLObal useRs In the cOpernicUs climate change Service. EU-funded, 2017-2019.

BSc, MSc, and Doctoral Programs relevant to CNRD

  • Geography (BSc, MSc)
  • GIS and remote sensing (MSc)


Pool of Experts

Hydrological modeling, tracers, water quality Christian Birkel
GIS, remote sensing, photogrammetry Rafael Arce Mesen
Eco-hydrology, tracers, statistics Alicia Correa
IWRM, citizen science Edgar Espinoza Cisneros


Ciudad Universitaria Rodrigo Facio Brenes, San José, San Pedro, Costa Rica