Luis Eduardo Pineda, Ph.D.


Dr. Pineda was born in Loja, Ecuador. He obtained his PhD in engineering sciences – Hydro-climate in KU Leuven University, Belgium, in 2015 funded by an EMECW grant from the European Commission. He also got a MSc. in water resources engineering from the same University in 2008 and a MA. in sustainable water resources with emphasis on climate from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich, Switzerland, in 2010.

Before joining Yachay Tech he was a Post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Research and Development at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute. There, he investigated impacts of climate change on the hydropower industry and collaborated in the development of a global climate service for the water sector. In the early stage of his career, he worked in the sector of water supply and sanitation in rural Ecuador.

Research Interests

Luis Pineda’s research focuses on studying the impacts of climate change and variability in relation to water, energy and food resources. To this end, he seeks to advance knowledge on the interaction between climate and regional hydrology in seasonal to inter-annual time scales, making use of numerical climate model outputs and statistics, hydrological models, satellite and ground observations.

Luis is also interested and contributes in the development of suitable tools for integrating  climate information into hydrological decision making in a developing country setting. The focus of such integration being applications to the sectors of hydropower, agriculture and the assessment of hydrological hazards.

Selected Publications

  • Pineda, L., P. Willems (2018), Rainfall extremes, weather and climate characterization over complex terrain: A data-driven approach based on signal enhancement methods and extreme value modelling, J. Hydrol, 563, 283-302, doi:,
  • Pineda, L., P. Willems (2016), Multisite Downscaling of Seasonal Predictions to Daily Rainfall Characteristics over Pacific-Andean River Basins in Ecuador and Peru using a non-homogenous hidden Markov model, J. Hydrometeor, 17(2), 481-498, doi:10.1175/JHM-D-15-0040.1,
  • Ochoa, A., L. Pineda, P.  Crespo, and P. Willems (2014), Evaluation of TRMM 3B42 (TMPA) precipitation estimates and WRF retrospective precipitation simulation over the Pacific-Andean region of Ecuador and Peru, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 3179-3193, doi:10.5194/hess- 18-3179-2014,
  • Pineda, L., V. Ntegeka, and P.  Willems, (2013), Rainfall variability related to sea surface temperature anomalies in a Pacific-Andean basin into Ecuador and Peru. Advances in Geosciences, 33, 53-62,    doi:10.5194/adgeo-33-53-2013,2013,


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