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Alejandro Leon

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Other Disciplines
Agricultural Sciences
Information Systems
UN languages spoken


Job function
Assistant Professor
Telephone number
56 2 6785921 or 863
Work experience
I have participated as a PI and co-PI in several research projects involving extensive fieldwork for ground verification of remotely sensed imagery, as well as for the application of anthropological surveys. These surveys. These surveys were designed to collect data regarding social and economic issues of rural households living in the semi-arid region of Chile, usually affected by severe dorughts. On the other hand, satellite imagery has been utilized to dtermine land use change patterns, and to determine the intensity of degradation (i.e. vegetation cover loss). Furthermore, fieldwork has been designed to map vulnerability of the rural population to drought, and to evaluate the potential use of seasonal climate forecasts, as a means to reduce vulnerability. Data analysis has included utilization of image processing and mapping softwares, as well as statifistical packages.
Highest Academic achievement and qualification
1994,3) Ph.D, Arid lands resources sciences, U. of arizona, to be completed during 2002_x000D_
B.Sc., Agricultural Economics, U. of Chile, 1985, 2) Exec. MBA, Catholic University of Chile
Number of Publications
Publication titles
1. Characterization of the precipitation regime in the limari Basin in the Semi-arid region of Chile_x000D_
2. Ecosystem degradation in the Semi-Arid region of Northern Chile_x000D_
3. Household vulnerability to drought in communal lands of coquimbo, the semi-arid region of northern Chile
Other activities
Member of the International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP)_x000D_
My research has been funded by NOAA and also by the Intermediate Technology Development Group (ITDG) an NGO located in Peru
2000. My DISSERTATION Project was sponsored by the Land Use-Land Cover Change Program (LUCC)_x000D_
1998: Obtained A 3-year Nasa earth system science scholarship_x000D_
1996: obtained a US-Aid fellowship to fund doctoral studies.
Organisation street address
University of Chile_x000D_
Santa Rosa 11.315_x000D_
La Pintana
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