Abby Daniela Ortega Sandoval

Research themes
  • Water resources (management)
  • Environmental and climate change
  • Sustainable use of natural resources
  • Urbanisation
  • Agriculture, land use, climate change
Research countries
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
Additional Information:


International Conference on Resilient Cities from the Global South 2021. Video presentation: Exploring stakeholders' SuDS perceptions as urban flood risk management strategies in Bogotá, Colombia.

International Conference on Urban Drainage 2021. Poster presentation: Exploring stakeholders' SuDS perceptions as urban flood risk management strategies in Bogotá, Colombia.

Additional information

DAAD scholarship holder - Development-related postgraduate courses (for foreign applicants)


Doctoral student at the Center for Development Research (ZEF). University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany. 2019 - 2023.

Master of Engineering, Infrastructure & Environment. University of Passo Fundo, Passo Fundo, Brazil. 2015 - 2016.

Bachelor of Civil Engineering. Minuto de Dios University, Bogotá, Colombia. 2009 - 2013


Funding institutions

Full DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) scholarship for Doctoral Studies at the University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany, 2019-2023.

Full academic scholarship for Master's studies in Engineering at the University of Passo Fundo, Passo Fundo, Brazil, 2015-2016

Thesis title

Building flood resilient cities through comprehensive Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) planning

Thesis abstract

Urban flooding is an increasing problem influenced by biophysical, demographic, and institutional factors such as climate change, urban growth, changes in land use, and mismanagement of spatial planning. Efforts to develop new measures and strategies in the fight against floods have even changed the concept: From reactive notions as flood defense to resilient approaches as flood risk management (FRM). In the last decades, Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) stand out as efficient FRM tools and have been studied in multiple categories such as performance assessment, cost-benefit analysis, and optimization of design and location. The aim of this research is to contribute substantially to the construction of flood resilient cities quantifying the beneficial impacts of SUDS with a transdisciplinary approach that incorporates hydraulic modeling and stakeholder participation. The first objective is to understand the different mechanisms of community engagement for the integration of SUDS at city scale, and will be addressed through a systematic literature review to identify the different stakeholders' groups, roles, participatory methods, analysis methods, and highlighted barriers in the implementation of those novel techniques. The second objective is to identify SUDS preferences, strengths, means, and barriers of community engagement, private and public sector participation aiming an integrated urban flood risk management in the city of Bogotá, Colombia. Focus Group Discussions and semi-structured interviews, respectively, were selected as data collection methods while the analysis methods include line-by-line coding and AHP (Analytic Hierarchy Process). The third objective is to evaluate the potential of SUDS implementation at sub-basin scale for reducing the risk of pluvial and fluvial flooding. A hydraulic model of SUDS in private and public areas will be conducted using an available tool called PCSWMM (Personal Computer Storm Water Management Model), in order to quantify the volume and peak reduction rates. Since the study will be developed to establish a well-defined work route, the proposed methodology sets a precedent within the agenda of Latin-American cities urban planning, sustainable development, and urban resilience, with the ability to enrich the current global-scale discussion about the effective and successful implementation and planning of SUDS.


Rezende de Castro, A., A. D. Ortega Sandoval, G. Odamtten.  2022.  Up around the bend? How transport poverty can lead to social exclusion in a low-income community in Lagos, Nigeria.  Journal of Transport Geography, 102   : 103388   . Further Information


Lange Salvia, Amanda; Ortega Sandoval, Abby Daniela; Ramírez Martínez, Manuel Ricardo Galileo; Locatelli Kalil, Rosa María.  2019.  Analysis of public space through climatic variables in the central area of a city in the north of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.  Revista de Gestão Ambiental e Sustentabilidade, 1 (8)   : 19-37   .
Ortega Sandoval, Abby Daniela; Barbosa Brião, Vandré; Cartana Fernandes, Vera Maria; Hemkemeier, Augusto; Friedrich, Maria Tereza.  2019.  Stormwater management by microfiltration and ultrafiltration treatment.  Journal of Water Process Engineering, 30   : 100453   .

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Abby Daniela Ortega Sandoval

Junior Researcher

Department :
ZEF C: Department of Ecology and Natural Resources Management