Rhoda Odongo is a PhD researcher in the department of Water and Climate Risk of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her work focuses on the data-driven assessment of drought risk to understand existing and possible future interactions between climate, hydrology, land and water use, and management focusing mainly on the drought and subsurface water storage. This will be done using a combination of machine learning and complex systems analysis. The research is part of the Down2Earth Project, which is funded by the EUHorizon2020 under H2020-EU.3.5 (Research and Innovation action scheme). The project aims at translating climate information into multilevel decision support for policy development, social adaptation and resilience to water scarcity in the Horn of Africa Drylands.

Rhoda has a background in Water Resources Engineering from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Bio-systems Engineering from the University of Nairobi. Her Master’s thesis compared and analysed different model setting up configurations and sewer inlet representation in urban drainage modelling.

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