Claudio Vergara
Understanding how environmental variables and their interactions govern the evolution of natural processes is fundamental to make predictions that can overcome uncertainty and help us to thrive in harmony with the environment

Claudio’s research is focused on understanding how the control of internal and external environmental variables in post closure mining lakes can help us to transform these usually contaminated sites into valuable resources. To achieve this he is developing a coupled computational code that incorporates physical and ecological dynamics of lakes, groundwater flow and transport, and a geochemical processing tool. Claudio will use this code to mechanistically decipher the main variables (physical, biological, chemical and climatic) that govern the evolution of pit lakes. This tool will help practitioners and regulators to develop robust closure plans that can accomplish a successful rehabilitation.

AffiliatedUniversity of Western Australia|
Focus areaPlanet, Technology