Estefanía Jiménez

Estefanía holds a Bachelor Degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Costa Rica. During her undergrad years, she worked at the Geophysical Research Center of her university, and then joined the National Meteorological Institute of Costa Rica where she worked for over 4 years. Here, she worked in the Department of Synoptic and Aeronautical Meteorology and in Department of Climatology and Applied Research, where she garnered considerable knowledge and experience in climate variability and climate change. Much of her work involved research with numerical models, such as ETA and WRF, for the generation of weather forecasts and climate change scenarios. Furthermore, she contributed to the formulation of Costa Rica’s Third Communication on Climate Change which was submitted to the UNFCCC Secretariat. Importantly, she had lead responsibility for the management of the first meteorological stations network to monitor climate change in Costa Rica.

Estefanía joined the Department of Sustainable Development of the Organization of American States in 2014, directly following a brief stint as an intern. She has provided sterling support to the Chief of the Integrated Water Resources Management Program of the Department. In this regard, she supports the implementation of projects related to water management, climate change and adaptation in the OAS Member States. Some of these projects are the Sustainable Development Program for the Trifinio-Honduras Region (Central America) and the Framework for the Sustainable Management of the Water Resources of the La Plata Basin with Respect to the Hydrological Effects of Climatic Variability and Change (South America). These projects have as their main objective the imperative of building the resilience of communities to climate change.

Estefanía is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Climate Change Law and Policy at the University of Strathclyde, UK.