Bart Wickel is a Senior Scientist with the U.S. Center, based in Davis, California. His work with SEI focuses on spatial analyses and tool development for sustainable water resource management. His areas of expertise include hydrology, remote sensing and GIS spatial analysis, climate change adaptation, impacts of land-use change, and hydropower development and ecosystem services.
Since joining SEI in 2013, he has mainly worked on applied research projects and software tool development that inform water resource decisions in a range of contexts around the world, specifically in Bolivia, Colombia, Mexico and Albania. He has supported enhancements to decision-making tools, such as the WEAP modeling system, the TRASE visualization platform, and the climate data processing tool GMET.
Prior to joining SEI, Bart was lead hydrologist for WWF-US in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for the development of spatial tools and analyses that supported freshwater biodiversity conservation in WWF priority basins and places around the globe (such as the Amazon, Mesoamerican Reef, Amur-Heilong, Mekong, Rio Grande, Zambezi,and Okavango). He has held research positions affiliated with the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture Hydrology Laboratory), EMBRAPA-CPATU (Amazonian Agricultural Research Service, Brazil) and CONABIO (Commission for Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity, Mexico).
Throughout his career, Bart has trained numerous professionals from government agencies, academics and NGO staff on forest hydrology, hydro-spatial data analysis and remote sensing. He has not only led short courses, but also developed guidance.
Bart holds degrees from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (MSc, 1998) and the University of Bonn (Phd, 2004, magna cum laude).