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In SIGMMA Seminar they will address mining, hydrological and environmental issues.

Water and water resource quality has taken special enhancement in the Coquimbo Region. In that context, the University of La Serena, through the Department of Mining Engineering and the Center for Water Resources for Agriculture and Mining, CRHIAM, will develop this Friday, January 17, the Research Seminar in Geology, Mining, Metallurgy and Environment, SIGMMA.

International researchers will present on “Monitoring and characterization of heavy metal transport in surface hydrological systems” in the Bright Room of the Department of Mining Engineering of the ULS (Ignacio Domeyko Campus).

Ricardo Oyarzún Lucero, an academic from the Mining Engineering Department, said that the objective is “to expose the work we are developing and learn about international experiences in these fields. We have generated research in monitoring the quality of water and sediments, but in modeling, that is, trying to estimate how a pollutant is transported in the river, it aims to continue in the line of work that we presented in the Fondecyt Project in 2007 "

Doctors Robert Runkel, Research Hydrologist and Philip Verplanck, United States Geological Survey, both researchers from the United States Geological Survey, USA; and Patrick Byrne, Senior Lecturer in Geography, Liverpool John Moores University, UK, will present on this day, organized within the framework of Project Fondecyt 1180153 “Environmental monitoring and assessment of heavy metal transport and fate in mining affected mountain streams of North-Central Chile : a comprehensive approach integrating hydraulic, hydrologic, geochemical, and modeling issues ”, developed by the University of La Serena and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.

The activity, which also has the collaboration of the ATMC of the U. of Chile, will take place this Friday, January 17, at 10:45 a.m. For more information: royarzun @ userena, 51 2 204503 - 51 2 204281.

Written by Sergio Muñoz, Office of Outreach and Dissemination of Science and Technology