Avellán, Tamara

Research Fellow

  • Tamara Avellán
    UNU-FLORES, Ammonstrasse 74, Dresden, 01067, Germany
    +49 (0) 351 8921 9380
    Argentina, Uruguay

    Research Interests

    • Characterization and management of integrated systems (hydrological; biogeochemical; hydrogeochemical cycles)
    • Ecosystems and Disaster Risk Reduction
    • Global Change & Sustainable Development
    • Knowledge Translation and Brokering
    • Natural resource management in catchment area
    • Water Resources Management


    • PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in Geography and Remote Sensing, Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany
    • Master of Science (MSc) in Biology –Limnology, Wayne State University, Detroit, USA

    Biographical Statement

    Tamara Avellán is a Research Fellow in the Water Resource Management Unit at UNU-FLORES. Her studies in biology led her to focus on the ecological impacts of water quality on aquatic life. Her interest in the effects of excess nutrient loads on plant morphology prompted her to look at increased sewage loads in watersheds. Dr. Avellán worked with local farmers of the small Flores Creek in Uruguay to find sustainable solutions to the increasing sewage loads of their milking parlours. Her research led to the instalment of the first constructed wetland using carefully researched endogenous plant species in 2008.

    Dr. Avellán obtained her PhD in 2014 from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, under the supervision of Prof. Wolfram Mauser. Her dissertation looked into the optimal spatial distribution of crops based on topography, soil conditions and climate. From 2011 to 2015 she also worked at the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva, at first as a German Junior Professional Officer and later as regular staff. She supported the early phases of the Global Framework for Climate Services and led various projects on climate services in Small Island Developing States. At UNU-FLORES Dr. Avellán has returned to her roots in the world of water and its related research, looking into the linkages of water, soil and waste while reducing resource loss.

  • Articles

    • Avellán, Tamara, Ardakanian, Reza and Gremillion, Paul (2017). The Role of Constructed Wetlands for Biomass Production within the Water-Soil-Waste Nexus. Water Science & Technology, 75(10), 2237-2245
    • Avellán, Tamara, Ardakanian, Reza, Perret, Sylvain R., Ragab, Ragab, Vlotman, Willem, Zainal, Hayati, Im, Sangjun and Gany, Hafied A. (2017). Considering Resources beyond Water: Irrigation and Drainage Management in the Context of the Water–Energy–Food Nexus. Irrigation and Drainage, 1-10
    • Avellán, Tamara (2017). The World Needs More Toilets – But Not Ones That Flush. theconversation.com, n/a-n/a
    • Water Editorial Office. 2017. “Acknowledgement to Reviewers of Water in 2016.” Water 9, no. 1: 44. doi:10.3390/w9010044
    • Avellán, Tamara (2017). How Recycled Water Could Revolutionise Sustainable Development. theconversation.com, n/a-n/a
    • UNU-FLORES (2016). Closing Research Gaps in Water Science in Support of the SDGs. flores.unu.edu, n/a-n/a
    • World Meteorological Organization Bulletin (2015), Vol 64 (2) – 2015 Managing Risk with Climate Prediction Products and Services. (http://www.wmo.int/bulletin/en/content/managing-risk-climate-prediction-products-and-services#sthash.iYwCs8He.dpuf)
    • World Meteorological Organization Bulletin (2015), Vol 64 (2) – 2015 A Pathway to Climate Services for SIDS. (http://www.wmo.int/bulletin/en/content/pathway-climate-services-sids#sthash.FhFA9A4h.dpuf)
    • Avellan, T., F. Zabel, B. Putzenlechner, and W. Mauser. (2013). “A Comparison of Using Dominant Soil and Weighted Average of the Component Soils in Determining Global Crop Growth Suitability.” Environment and Pollution 2 (3) (May 29). doi:10.5539/ep.v2n3p40. http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/ep/article/view/27860.
    • Avellan, T., Meier, J., & Mauser, W. (2012). Are urban areas endangering the availability of rainfed crop suitable land? Remote Sensing Letters, 3(7), 631–638. doi:10.1080/01431161.2012.659353
    • Climate ExChange (2012), Publisher: Tudor Rose, Editors: Jacqui Griffiths, Cherie Rowlands, Michelle Witthaus; Consulting Editors: Filipe Lucio & Tamara Avellan, WMO; ISBN: 978-0-9568561-3-5
    • Avellan, T., Zabel, F., & Mauser, W. (2012). The influence of input data quality in determining areas suitable for crop growth at the global scale – a comparative analysis of two soil and climate datasets. Soil Use and Management, 28(2), 249–265. doi:10.1111/j.1475-2743.2012.00400.x
    • Avellán, C. T. (2011). Adapting to socioeconomic, operational and environmental challenges of dairy farm effluent purification in Uruguay through the use of surface flow constructed wetlands. Water Practice & Technology, 6(3), 1–2. doi:10.2166/wpt.2011.040

    Book Chapters


    • Collaboration and review in: UN-Water, 2016, ‘Water and Sanitation Interlinkages across the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, Geneva; (http://www.unwater.org/fileadmin/user_upload/unwater_new/docs/UN-Water_Analytical_Brief_Water and sanitation interlinkages across the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.pdf)
    • Ardakanian, Reza, Avellán, T., Gany, A., Vlotman, W., Perret, S., Ragab, R., (Vice President Hon., ICID); Zainal, H., Im, S., 2016, ‘Key Issues of Irrigation and Drainage in Balancing Water, Food, Energy and Ecology’, Background paper Sub-theme 1, 2nd World Irrigation Forum, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, Chang Mai, Thailand
    • Gremillion, Paul and Avellán, Tamara (2016). Wastewater As a Resource: The Water-Waste-Energy Nexus in Sub-Saharan Africa. Policy Brief. United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES).