2nd Working Group Meeting

2nd Working Group Meeting


8-10 October, 2017

Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC)

Lima, Peru


The meeting site will be held at  Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología. The Computational Sustainability group at Cornell has been developing a computational framework for evaluating tradeoffs between hydropower and other objectives at different scales in the Andes-Amazon region.

During our meeting in Lima we will discuss this computational framework (Day 1), and then break into smaller sub-groups during Days 2 and 3 to work on estimating different ecosystem services and other criteria that would be part of a multi-objective analysis of trade-offs with hydropower. Examples of criteria include connectivity, sediments, fisheries, biodiversity, and navigation, among others. At the Lima meeting, we will discuss other criteria to pursue as well.

After our meeting in Lima, we have scheduled a 4-day trip to the Amazon region in Peru (Marañon and Ucayali), for those who are able to extend their stay. During this trip we will have an opportunity to observe first hand some of the ecosystem services we are quantifying in our project, as well as hydro-ecological processes, socio-economic aspects, and biodiversity of this part of the Amazon region.

Arriving and Hotels

On arrival to the international airport in Lima we suggest you take an official taxi service to your hotel.  We will let you know which hotel you will be staying during our meeting.  The company Taxi Green (http://www.taxigreen.com.pe/) has a booth just before you exit to the public areas of the airport.   The cost for the taxi service is a flat rate of about 70 Peruvian Soles (around $25-30).   Alternatively, some travelers use Uber service after arriving to Lima using their phone app. Please see below the location of UTEC in relation to your hotel.


Day 1 (8 October 2017)


9:00-9:15 am: Bienvenida (Jorge Abad)

9:15-9:30 am: Overview of working group and meeting goals (Alex Flecker)

9:30-10:30 am: Overview of computational sustainability framework / discussion (Carla Gomes / Alex Flecker)

10:30-11:00 am: Morning break

11:00 am -noon: Incorporating criteria into the optimization framework: connectivity and sediments modeling / discussion (Scott Steinschneider / Roosevelt Garcia / Suresh Sethi)


12:00-1:15 pm: Lunch

1:15-1:30 pm: Amazon river profiling (Jorge Abad)

1:30-2:00 pm: Overview of Amazon Waters Initiative, Wildlife Conservation Society (Michael Goulding)

2:00-2:30 pm: TNC hydropower analyses in Magdalena Basin, Colombia (Hector Angarita / Javier Maldonado)

2:30-3:00 pm: Break

3:00- 4:00 pm: Group discussion: Identifying priority criteria for multi-objective optimization

4:00 – 5:00 pm: Organize breakout groups and initial breakout discussion

Day 2 (9 October 2017)


9:00 am-12:00 noon: Breakout group work: Develop objectives and approaches to incorporate into computational framework


12:00-1:00 pm: Lunch

1:00-2:00 pm: Lightning reports of morning progress (5-10 minutes reporting per group). Three slides: criteria, data, approaches

2:00-5:00 pm: Continue breakout group work

Day 3 (10 October 2017)


9:00-12:00 pm: Breakout groups continue work: begin to populate objectives


12:00-1:00 pm: Lunch

1:00-2:00 pm: Lighting reports on next steps from breakout groups (15 min/group)

2:00-3:00 pm: Revisit discussion on objectives for computation framework

3:00-4:30 pm: Discussion on project products and publications

4:30-5:00 pm: Wrap up


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