Jorge D. Abad, PhD



  • PhD in Civil Engineering.University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA 2008
  • MSc in Civil Engineering. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. 2002
  • BSc in Civil Engineering. Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, Peru. 1997

Research areas

Sediment transport, Mechanics of environmental fluids, Fluvial geomorphology, CFD(Computational fluid dynamics), Ecohydraulics


  • Author of 3 book chapters, more than 30 publications in international journals and more than 65 conference abstracts.
  • Winner of the Lorenz Straub prize, for producing the best doctoral thesis in 2008 in the USA, in the area of Hydraulics and related branches.
  • Extensive experience in geomorphology research and sediment transport, specialization in Amazonian rivers.
  • Study of Earth processes and environmental flows through the combination of experimental, theoretical, numerical and field studies in different types of basic and applied research projects.
  • Constant collaboration with non-governmental institutions in order to transfer knowledge to communities.

Relevant publications

  • Konsoer, K., Rhoads, K., Best, J. L., Langendoen, E., Abad, J. D. , Parsons, D. R. & Garcia, M. H. (2016). “Three-dimensional flow structure and bed morphology in large elongate meander loops with different outer bank roughness characteristics”. Water Resources Research, 52 (12), 9621-9641.
  • Mendoza, A., Abad, J. D. , Langendoen, E., Wang, D., Tassi, P. & Abderrezzakk, E. K. (2016). “Effect of sediment transport boundary conditions on the numerical modeling of bed morphodynamics”, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 143 (4).
  • Mendoza, A., Abad, J. D. , Frias, C. E., Collin, O., Paredes, J., Montoro, J., Vizcarra, J., Simon, C. & Soto-Cortes, G. (2016). “Planform dynamics of the Iquitos anabranching structure in the Peruvian Upper Amazon River”. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 41 (7), 961-970.
  • Konsoer, K., Rhoads, K., Best, J. L., Langendoend, E., Ursic, M., Abad, J. D. & Garcia, M. H. (2016). “Spatial variability in floopdplain resistance to erosion on a large meandering, mixed bedrock-alluvial river”. Geomorphology, 252, 80-97.
  • Langendoen, E., Mendoza, A., Abad, J. D. , Tassi, P., Wang, D., Ata, R., El Kadi Abderrezzak, K. & Hervouet, J-M. (2016). “Improved numerical modeling of morphodynamics of rivers with steep banks”. Advances in Water Resources, 93 (A), 4-14
  • Frias, C. E., Mendoza, A., Abad, J. D. , Paredes, J., Ortals, C. & Montoro, H. (2015). “Morphodynamic stages of the anabranching in the upper Amazon River basin”, Water Resources Research, 10.1002/2014WR015836, AGU.
  • Brantley, S. L., Yoxtheimer, D., Arjmand, S., Grieve, P., Vidic, R., Abad, J. D. , Simon, C. & Pollak, J. (2014) “Using publicly available data to assess water resource impacts during unconventional shale gas development: the Pennsylvania experience”, Journal of Coal Geology, 10.1016/j.coal.2013.12.017.
  • Gutierrez, R., Abad, J. D. , Choi, M. & Montoro, H. (2014). “On the morphodynamics of free meanders confluences at the Upper Amazon Basin”, Geomorphology, 220, 1-14.
  • Gutierrez, R. & Abad, J. D. , (2014). “On the analysis of the medium-term planform dynamics of meandering rivers”, Water Resources Research, AGU, 50, doi:10.1002/2012WR013358.
  • Vidic, R., Brantley, S. L., Vandenbossche, J. M., Yoxtheimer, D. & Abad, J. D. (2013). “Impact of Shale Gas Development on Regional Water Quality”. Science, 340, 1235009, doi: 10.1126/science.1235009.