Diego Caamaño Avendaño

Director de Postgrado Facultad de Ingeniería






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Facultad de Ingeniería

Diego Caamaño Avendaño

Director de Postgrado Facultad de Ingeniería

Título Académico:

Ingeniero Civil, Universidad de Concepción

Grado Académico:

Ph.D. Civil Engineering, University of Idaho, USA

Producción Científica
2018-2020 DINREG07. “Efectos de la variabilidad espacial de la granulometría sobre el flujo y el transporte de sedimentos”. PI.

2015-2019 NSF-IGERT. “Adaptation to change in water resources: science to inform decision-making across disciplines, cultures and scales”. Chilean academic representative.

2014- 2016 Fondecyt 11140764. “Time and space scales in the morphological responses of river morphology due to large structures (hydropower): approaches to better understanding the trends and kinetic responses of the rivers in Chile”. Colaborator.

2012- 2014 Fondecyt 1120878. “Characterization of nearshore processes and morphology variability for the highly energetic wave-dominated central Chile coast”. Co-PI.

2010- 2012 Fondecyt 11100399, “Sustainability of morphology features in alluvial rivers and coastal systems in Chile: The Biobío River as study case”. PI

2010 – 2012 Innova 10CREC-8453 2010, “Water, emergency situations, and technical viability to use urbans lagoons as a drinking water reasource”. Co-PI.

Bello, D.; Alcayaga, H.; Caamaño, D.; Pizarro, A. Influence of Dam Breach Parameter Statistical Definition on Resulting Rupture Maximum Discharge. Water 2022, 14, 1776. https://doi.org/10.3390/w14111776.

Andrew W. Tranmer, Diego Caamaño, Annabella E. Arteaga (2022). Urban stream syndrome: Quantifying topographic variation along an urban-rural gradient, Journal of Environmental Management, Volume 317, 2022, 115413, ISSN 0301-4797, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2022.115413.

Pacheco, F., Rojas, O., Hernández, E., Caamaño, D. Effects on Fluvial Geomorphology and Vegetation Cover following Hydroelectric Power Plant Operation: A Case Study in the Maule River (Chile). Water 2022, 14, 1673. https://doi.org/10.3390/w14111673.

Andrew W. Tranmer, Diego Caamaño, Stephen R. Clayton, Abolfazl Nazari Giglou, Peter Goodwin, John M. Buffington, Daniele Tonina (2022). Testing the effective-discharge paradigm in gravel-bed river restoration, Geomorphology, Volume 403, 2022, 108139, ISSN 0169-555X, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2022.108139.

H. Alcayaga, M. Soto-Alvarez, J. Laronne, D. Caamaño, L. Mao, R. Urrutia (2022). Runoff volume and sediment yield from an endorheic watershed generated by rare rainfall events in the Atacama Desert, Geomorphology, Volume 400, 2022, 108107, ISSN 0169-555X, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2021.108107.

J. Vasconcelos, D. Caamaño, V. M. Tuset, R. Sousa, R. Riera (2021). The shell phenotypic variability of the keyhole limpet Fissurella latimarginata: insights from an experimental approach using a water flow flume, Journal of Molluscan Studies, Volume 87, Issue 4, December 2021, eyab043, https://doi.org/10.1093/mollus/eyab043.

Soto-Alvarez, M., Alcayaga, H., Alarcón, V., Caamaño, D., Palma, S., Escanilla, R. (2020). Evaluation of products 3B42 v7 and 3IMERG for the hydroclimatic regions of Chile. Journal of South American Earth Sciencies. Vol. 104; doi: 10.1016/j.jsames.2020.102870.

Tranmer, A., Caamaño, D., Goodwin, P. (2020) Evaluation of extremal hypotheses in an undeveloped alluvial river. Progress in Physical Geography, 194; doi.org/10.1177/0309133319886721.

Tranmer, A., Caamaño, D., Goodwin, P. (2020) Identifying dynamic equilibrium of an undeveloped alluvial stream by extremal hypotheses. Catena, 194; doi: 10.1016/j.catena.2020.104680.

Fuentes-Aguilera, P., Caamaño, D., Alcayaga, H., Tranmer, A. (2020). The influence of pool-riffle morphological features on river mixing. Water 2020, 12, 1145; doi.org/10.3390/w12041145.

Alcayaga, H., Palma, S., Caamaño, D., Mao, L., Soto-Alvarez, M. (2019). Detecting and quantifying hydromorphology changes in a chilean river after 50 years of dam operation. Journal of South American Earth Sciencies. Vol. 93, pp 253-266.

Tranmer, A., Goodwin, P., Caamaño, D. (2018). Assessment of alluvial trends toward dynamic equilibrium under chronic climatic forcing. Advances in Water Resources Journal. Vol.120, pp 19-34.

Villagran, D., Caamaño, D., and Cienfuegos, R. (2014). Hydrodynamics of a river-associated tidal inlet and maintenance of dynamic equilibrium: preliminary findings. Journal of Coastal Research. Vol.70, pp 592-597.

Maturana, O., Tonina, D., McKean, J. A., Buffington, J. M., Luce, C. H., Caamaño, D. (2014). Modeling the effects of pulse versus chronic sand inputs on salmonid spawning habitat in a low-gradient gravel-bed river. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. Vol.39, pp 877–889.

Van Heemst, C., Willems, J., Weller, A., van Verseveld,H., Caamaño, D., Aránguiz, R. (2013). Flood defense alternatives for the lower Biobio River, Chile. Obras y Proyectos. Vol.14, pp 19 – 30.

Andreoli, A., Mao, L., Iroumé, A., Arumí, J.L., Nardini, A., Pizarro, R., Caamaño, D., Meier, C. &, Link, O. (2012). The need of a hydromorphological approach for Chilean river management. Revista Chilena de Historia Natural. Vol. 85, pp 335 – 343.

Caamaño, D., Goodwin, P., and J. M. Buffington. (2012). Flow Structure Through Pool-Riffle Sequences and a Conceptual Model for Their Sustainability in Gravel-Bed Rivers. River Research and Applications. Vol. 28, Issue 3, pp 377 – 389.

García, A., Jorde, K., Habit, E., Caamaño, D., Parra O. (2011). Downstream environmental effects of Ralco and Pangue dam operations: Changes in habitat quality for native fish species, Biobío River, Chile. River Research and Applications, Vol. 27, Issue 3, pp 312 – 327.

Caamaño, D., Goodwin, P., Buffington, J. M., Liou, J. C., and Daley-Larsen, S. (2009). A unifying criterion for velocity reversal hypothesis in gravel-bed rivers. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 135, Issue 1, pp 66 – 70.

Artículos en Conferencias
Bello, D., Alcayaga, H., Caamaño, D., Soto, M. (2020). Modelación hidráulica de rotura del embalse Chacrillas y evaluación de la amenaza asociada. XXIV Congreso Chileno de Hidráulica, Universidad Diego Portales, 11 y 12 de Noviembre de 2020.

Soto, M., Alcayaga, H., Caamaño, D., Alarcón, W., Escanilla, R., Palma, S. (2020). Evaluación de los productos 3B42 V7 Y 3Imerg para las regiones hidroclimáticas de Chile. XXIV Congreso Chileno de Hidráulica, Universidad Diego Portales, 11 y 12 de Noviembre de 2020.

Garcia, A., Caamaño, D., Méndez, A., Stehr, A. (2020). Variabilidad espacio temporal en la precipitación del gran Concepción. XXIV Congreso Chileno de Hidráulica, Universidad Diego Portales, 11 y 12 de Noviembre de 2020.

Caamaño, D., Winkel, S., and Wellen, F. (2019). River morphological changes and modeling efforts in Central Chile. 4th Andong river experiment forum. Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology (KICT), Andong, South Korea. Octubre 2019.

Vasconselos, J., Caamaño, D., Tuset, V., Sousa, R., Riera, R. (2019). Phenotypic plasticity in limpets effects of the increase of intensity and frequency of hydrodynamic events. XXXIX Congreso de Ciencias del Mar, Iquique, Chile, Mayo 27 al 31 de 2019.

Fuentes, P. Caamaño, D., Alcayaga, H. (2018). Comparación de parámetros de mezcla en macroestrucutras morfológicas presents en rios con lechos de grava. XXVIII Congreso Latinoamericano de Hidráulica, Bueno Aires, Argentina, Septiembre 2018.

Alcayaga, H., Caamaño. D., Palma, S., Contreras, K. (2017). What tools do we have to study the morphological effects of hydroelectric plants in developing countries? The Chilean case. European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 23 – 28 April, 2017.

Fuentes, P., Caamaño, D. (2016). Estimación de parámetros de mezcla a través de imágenes termográficas in Situ. XXVII Congreso Latinoamericano de Hidráulica, Lima, Perú, 26 – 30 Septiembre, 2016.

Contreras, K., Caamaño, D., Villagrán, V. (2016). Caracterización de la hidrodinámica de la desembocadura del río Biobío mediante un modelo numérico. XXVII Congreso Latinoamericano de Hidráulica, Lima, Perú, 26 – 30 Septiembre, 2016.

Caamaño, D., Behrens, E., Martínez-Ruiz, A., Alcayaga, H. (2015). Sediment transport characterization along the Biobío River, Chile. 36th IAHR World Congress, The Hague, The Netherlands, 28 June – 3 July, 2015.

Walters, J., Aguayo, J., Diaz Garrido, G., Hirsch, S., Wingerter, N., Zapata Muñoz, M., Barra, R., Boll, J., Caamaño, D., Habit, E., Kennedy, B., Long, J., Parra Barrientos, O.
(2015). Water Management in a Changing Climate: Balancing Complex Water Demands for Equity and Sustainability in the Biobío River Basin, Chile. Biennial Symposium of the International Society for River Science, La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA, 23 – 28 August, 2015.

Fennema, S., Quiroz Jara, M., Arellano, J., Trebitz, K., Kennedy, B., Caamaño, D., Barra, R. (2015). Laja River Basin, Chile; Finding potential water management solutions through an international, interdisciplinary water resources course (2015). Biennial Symposium of the International Society for River Science, La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA, 23 – 28 August, 2015.

Clayton, S., Tonina, D., Caamaño, D., Buffington J.M., Benjakar, R., Gariglio, F., Woidt, J., Young, J., Buffington Jr, J. (2015). Lower Red River Meadow Restoration Project: Results of Long-TermMonitoring of Physical Responses to Restoration. 14th Annual Stream Restoration Symposium, Stevenson, Washington, USA, February 3rd, 2015.

Tranmer, A., Caamaño, D., and Goodwin, P. (2014). The use of extremal hypothesis in predecting channel evolution at Red River, Idaho, USA. XXVI Congreso Latinoamericano de Hidráulica , Santiago, Chile, 25 – 29 Agosto, 2014.

Villagrán, M., Caamaño, D., and Cienfuegos, R. (2014). Hydrodynamics of a river inlet: How it keeps the dynamic equilibrium. International Coastal Symposium, Durban, South Africa, April 2014.

Caamaño D., Alcayaga, S., y Garcia, A. (2012). Cambios de la distribución de sedimentos suspendidos en la cuenca del río Biobío, Chile. LAD2012, XXV Congreso Latinoamericano de Hidráulica, San José, Costa Rica, 9 – 12 Septiembre, 2012.

Caamaño D., Goodwin, P., y Buffington, J.M. (2012). Un mecanismo para la sustentabilidad de estructuras de pozón-rápido en ríos aluviales. LAD2012, XXV Congreso Latinoamericano de Hidráulica, , San José, Costa Rica, 9 – 12 Septiembre, 2012.

Sanzana, S., Ulloa, C., and Caamaño, D. (2012). NORSKE SKOG Biobío water management proposal based on a Water Footprint Approach. 10th IWA Symposium on Forest Industry Wastewater, Concepción, Chile, 8 – 11 January, 2012.

Parkinson, S., Goodwin, Caamaño, D., Benjankar, R. (2011). Field evaluation of a pool sustainability predictor in gravel bed drivers. 34th World Congress of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research, Brisbane, Australia, 26 June – 1 July, 2011.

Parkinson, S., Goodwin and Caamaño, D. (2011). Flow structure and sustainability of pools in gravel-bed rivers. IAHR Gerhard Jirka Memorial Seminar, Brisbane, Australia, 26 June – 1 July, 2011.

Maturana, O., Tonina, D., Caamaño, D., Mckean, J., Buffington, J.M., Luce C. (2010). Transport of pulse and chronic inputs of sand and its effects on salmonids spawning habitat in Bear Valley Creek, Idaho, USA. AGU Fall meeting for section H58: Integrating Geomorphic, Hydrologic, and Ecologic Processes for Sustainable Management of River Corridors, San Francisco, California, USA, 13 – 17 December, 2010.

Caamaño, D., McGown, M., and Goodwin, P. (2009). Green LiDAR + two dimensional hydraulic floodplain modeling: An optimal tool for flood outreach and planning. 8th International Conference on Hydroinformatics, Concepción, Chile, 12 – 16 January, 2009.

Stehr, A., Bohle, G., Caamaño, D., Link, O., Monsalve, A., Caamaño, F., Torres, P., Aguayo, M. (2009). Evaluation of different spatial discretization schemes in the hydrological response of an Andean watershed. 2009 International SWAT conference, Boulder, Colorado, USA, 5 – 7 of August, 2009.

Caamaño, D., and McGown, M. (2008). Developing interactive two-dimensional flood calculations for the Lower Boise River, Idaho. Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) 2008 Conference, Reno, Nevada, USA. 18 – 23 of May, 2008.

Davis, L. and Caamaño, D., (2008). Boise Green LiDAR, American Water Resources Association (AWRA) 2008 Spring Specialty Conference, San Mateo, California, USA, 17 – 19 March, 2008.

Caamaño, D., and Goodwin, P. (2007). One-dimensional criterion for velocity reversal occurrence. 32nd Congress of the International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research (IAHR), Venice, Italy, 1 – 7 July, 2007.

Caamaño, D., Goodwin, P., Manic, M. (2006). Derivation of a bed load sediment transport formula using artificial neural networks. 7th International Conference on Hydroinformatics, Nice, France, 4 – 8 September, 2006.


Cursos que dicta


  • Mecánica de Fluidos
  • Hidráulica
  • Hidráulica Computacional


  • Geomorfología Fluvial
  • Hidrodinámica Ambiental

Líneas de investigación


Morfología fluvial


Transporte en sistemas fluviales


Ecología fluvial


Morfología fluvial


Transporte en sistemas fluviales


Ecología fluvial