M. Vicenta Esteller

M. Vicenta Esteller
Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (UAEM) · Instituto Interamericano de Tecnología y Ciencias del Agua (IITCA)

PhD Geology

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Introduction
Currently involved in: - Hydrogeochemistry - Heavy metals and arsenic in groundwater - Chemometrics - Thermal waters - Integrated water resources management (IWRM)
Additional affiliations
October 2018 - August 2020
Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (UAEM)
Position
  • Professor
Description
  • Courses in undergraduate degrees: Environemnatl Geology and Water resources Civil Engineering Courses in postgraduate programs: Hydrogeology Hydrochemistry Aquifer Management Aquifer protection
July 1995 - October 2018
Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (UAEM)
Position
  • Professor

Publications

Publications (112)
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The Tobari Coastal Lagoon, located in the Gulf of California, receives water discharges from agricultural areas, shrimp farms, livestock facilities, and urban wastewater. During four seasons, the concentration of 10 PTE (As, Cd, Pb, Ni, Cu, Fe, Mn, Zn, Cr and Hg) was assessed in water before (FW, irrigation water) and after discharged through agric...
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The San Juan-Taxco River system is situated in the Taxco mining district, which is a well-known international producer of silver, jewelry and precious metal handicrafts. The population and biota in the area have been affected by inappropriate disposal of anthropogenic activities that pollute the hydric resources and threaten their health and sustai...
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Silica urolithiasis is infrequent in dogs, but in Mexico represents 12.9%. Our hypothesis is the consumption of high amounts of silicates in the diet, especially that dissolved in tap water. The objective of this study was to determine the concentrations of silica in the tap water in different geographical areas and their relationship with cases of...
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This study was aimed at investigating the hydrogeochemical and isotopic characteristics of low-temperature hydrothermal springs in six study sites located in the eastern portion of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, in order to evaluate the source of the thermal water, rock-water interactions, and reservoir temperature. In addi-tion, based on this, p...
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Delineating spring protection zones is key to managing groundwater. This work presents a proposal for delineating spring protection zones (SPZs) that uses hydrogeological, topographical, land use, and climate characteristics as a basis to protect springs located in fractured volcanic media from potential contamination processes. This was accomplish...
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The Monterrey wellfield is located in the urban aquifer of the Monterrey Metropolitan Area (Mexico), and has been subject to considerably increasing stress. This area is constantly growing, both in terms of infrastructure and population. The overall objective of the present study is to assess and validate the aquifer’s vulnerability to contaminatio...
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The southern part of the Plana de Castellón aquifer (Spanish Mediterranean coast) has experienced persistent seawater intrusion over the last 50 years. The salinisation process is related to the lateral advance of the saline wedge and saline upconing as a result of intensive local groundwater pumping. In this context, managed artificial recharge (M...
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Purpose The intensive cultivation of turfgrass requires a high quantity of water and fertilizer. The fertilizers can leach and reach groundwater or be transported by run-off to water surface. It is necessary to improve irrigation and fertilization techniques to guarantee water and fertilizer optimal use and avoid contamination. The objectives were...
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en The irrigation schedule in arid areas has to be efficient in order to reduce losses due to evaporation and deep infiltration. Irrigation optimization poses the need to establish with precision the value of actual evapotranspiration (ETa), and the crop coefficient (Kc). The water soil availability can be increased using hydrogel and organic matte...
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Groundwater contamination is a significant problem in Mexico and around the world. It can be influenced by both natural and anthropogenic factors. In Linares, Mexico, we identified several wells used to cover the water demand for different human activities with nearby potential sources of contamination, including urban, agricultural, and livestock...
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The interdependence of water, energy, and food systems is widely recognized. Recently, this interdependence has generated significant concerns around the world, as global projections indicate that the demand for water, energy, and food will significantly increase over the next few decades. Mexico will confront several challenges given the simultane...
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The Sierra Huautla (Morelos State, Mexico) is a biological reserve with historical mines of Ag and Pb. In this area, waters used by inhabitants are contaminated by arsenic (As). An integrated environmental survey was realized both in waters and sediments to better constrain the source and the mobility of As and other trace elements. Two areas of in...
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The Upper Lerma River Basin (Mexican Highlands) is an important center of industrial and agricultural activities. All this has implied an increase in water needs that are completely covered by groundwater To this volume, it is necessary adding the groundwater exported from this basin to the metropolitan area of Mexico City, through the Lerma Wells...
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Springs play an important role in the hydrological cycle, and in some cases, as a source of water for human use and consumption. The problematic that commonly arises when protecting springs that supply water for human consumption requires a methodological method to prioritize springs that are used for this purpose according to the greatest need for...
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The Ixtapan de la Sal–Tonatico hot springs are located in the geological setting of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, on the border of the Morelos–Guerrero Basin, which is carbonated region with limestone and silicic rocks. The temperature, electrical conductivity and pH of the thermal waters are 25.7–37.2 °C, 9520–13,920 µS/cm and 5.90–6.88, respec...
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Los desastres naturales, tal como los deslizamientos de suelo generan altos costos por daños a infraestructura civil, pérdidas humanas y alteración del entorno. El objetivo de esta investigación fue experimentar en campo el deslizamiento de una masa de suelo afectado por la presencia de flujo subsuperficial de agua. En Mayorazgo de León (Almoloya d...
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The high content of toxic elements, such as As, in thermal water can cause water-quality problems when thermal water mixes with groundwater and/or surface water destined for human consumption. The objective of the study was to evaluate the mixing process between thermal and non-thermal waters in the Ixtapan de la Sal-Tonatico region of Mexico and t...
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The problematic that commonly arises when protecting springs that supply water for human consumption requires a methodological process to prioritize springs that are used for this purpose according to their greatest need for protection from contamination and exploitation processes. To this end, the stages included in the present study were: a) regi...
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RESUMEN Para estimar la percolación del agua en el suelo es común utilizar el método del balance hídrico, el cual requiere de diversos datos diarios, los cuales muchas veces son incompletos o no son verif icados en campo, además de que existe cierta incertidumbre en la estimación de la evapotranspiración del cultivo. En este trabajo el objetivo fue...
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La protección del agua subterránea, como fuente imprescindible en el abasto de agua de buena calidad a la población, es sin dudas un elemento clave para su conservación, sin embargo a pesar de la evolución que han tenido las herramientas de protección de acuíferos en las últimas décadas, en acuíferos complejos la aplicación de los métodos tradicion...
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El agua subterránea es susceptible a sufrir cambios en su cantidad y calidad, siendo estos cambios frecuentemente procesos muy lentos por lo que necesitan ser monitoreados. En este sentido, el objetivo de esta investigación fue desarrollar un método para el diseño óptimo de la red de monitoreo del nivel piezometrico (cantidad) con base en el SIG y...
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A lysimeter study under field conditions of nitrogen and phosphorus leaching in a turf grass crop amended with peat and hydrogel
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Golf courses represent an agricultural activity where in grass is intensively cultivated using large quantities of fertilizers. In the present study, nitrogen and phosphorus leaching was analyzed over two years in an experimental green under actual field conditions. The green contained four plots with distinct amendments (P1: hydrogel + peat, P2: p...
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With the increasing population, urbanization and industry in the arid area of Tecate, there is a concomitant increase in contaminants being introduced into the Tecate River and its aquifer. This contamination is damaging the usable groundwater supply and making local residents and commercial enterprises increasingly dependent on imported water from...
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Two low-temperature geothermal systems located at the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt with presence of fluoride and arsenic were studied with the aim to determine hydrogeochemical indicators of the toxic elements' presence, and to propose adequate geothermometers. The hydrogeological and geochemical study was carried out in Ixtapan de la Sal and Tonati...
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The urban area of Puebla Valley aquifer is seated in Puebla City and neighbor municipalities. Puebla is the fourth largest city in Mexico, where there are significant industrial zones and a large population. Water needs are almost exclusively met by groundwater, which has brought intense exploitation of groundwater resources and water quality degra...
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Emergy theory provides a basis for assessing the added value of water resources as a function of their origin and quality. From this perspective, the sustainability of a water system and its supply to end users may be classified according to the products, services, and energy necessary for its operation, which are incorporated from the correspondin...
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The spatial and temporal variation of water quality in the urban area of the Puebla Valley aquifer was evaluated using historical and present data obtained during this investigation. The current study assessed water quality based on the Water Quality Index developed by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME-WQI), which provides...
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This study focusses on arsenic (As) because this metalloid presents a great health issue in a region of Morelos state in Mexico (Huautla district), due to past mining activities. The main aim of this study is to better constrain As behavior and transport in this hydrosystem. During two contrasting hydrological periods, total and dissolved concentra...
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In this contribution, we describe the formation and evolution of the upconing process in a Mediterranean coastal aquifer. The study area has experienced severe salinization over the last 40 years because of intensive exploitation of groundwater. We used historical and current records of piezometric levels and chloride concentrations to trace the de...
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This work presents the use of multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) as a decision tool to facilitate the process of prioritization of drinking wells that would need more protection before contamination risk. In this study, three aspects of the protection of the groundwater quality were taken into account: natural, anthropic and technical. From th...
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This study evaluated the impact of an abandoned Ag mine on the quality of surface and groundwater. The mining site of Huautla is in south Morelos State, central Mexico. Ag–Pb–Zn and Au–Cu sulfide ores were mined in the district. The ores were characterized by the presence of Ag, galena (PbS), sphalerite (ZnS), and stromeyerite (CuAgS). Ag was the m...
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The objective of this investigation was to use multicriteria analysis to analyze and model the main criteria that influence the optimal design of a network to monitor groundwater levels. The multicriteria analysis was performed using a GIS (IDRISI Selva). The Toluca Valley aquifer (Mexico) was chosen as the case study. The definition and importance...
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El agua es uno de los recursos naturales más importantes para el hombre y las diferentes actividades antrópicas (agrícola, urbana e industrial) han generado un uso incontrolado de este recurso. A medida que la población aumenta, surge el incremento de la demanda de agua y una extracción intensiva en los acuíferos. De los 653 acuíferos que existen e...
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Soil compaction is regarded as the most serious environmental problem caused by conventional agriculture. Few studies are concerned with the assessment of soil compaction using infiltration speed, specifically in the Vertisol soil characteristic of the maize main producing area of the Toluca-Atlacomulco Valley in central Mexico. The aim of this res...
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Resumen E n la mayoría de las localidades rurales de México y de los países en desarro-llo, persiste una alta morbilidad ligada a la contaminación microbiológica del agua, y un escaso reúso del agua tratada y de los lodos residuales. Dos operaciones unitarias: a) Vermiestabilización microbiológica de lodos crudos. b) Vermicomposteo de biosólidos pa...
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Fecha de recepción: julio 2014 – Fecha de aprobación: enero 2015 RESUMEN La demanda de agua subterránea en el acuífero de Puebla-Atoyac, localizado en la región central de la República Mexicana se ha incrementado. Ante esto, organismos estatales y federales encargados de la gestión del agua están preocupados por la problemática que presenta el acuí...
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The Toluca Valley is located on the high plains of Mexico, where there are significant industrial zones and large populations. Water needs are almost exclusively met by groundwater, which has brought about intense exploitation of the aquifer and indication of some contamination. The present study investigates the effect of urbanization, related to...
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Wastewater biosolids are large potential sources of macronutrients for agriculture, conservation and restoration of soils; there are, however, few studies on phosphorus (P) release in soils amended with biosolids. Biosolids and vermicomposted biosolids were tested in concentrations (5–30 g amendment kg−1 soil) equivalent to 18–100 Mg ha−1. Desorpti...
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With modules developed in an informatics package for geographic information systems (GIS), the present work calculates the emergy of groundwater and the inter-annual variation in emergy of surface water resources in basins that encompass the metropolitan areas of Toluca and Monterrey, Mexico; that is, Upper Course of the Lerma River (UCLR) and the...
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Arsenic (As) in groundwater for domestic use poses a worldwide threat to public health, most notably in rural areas. The aims of this study were: first, determine groundwater composition in a mining area in central Mexico (Huautla); second, assess As exposure through human groundwater consumption and; third, develop and test a household filter to o...