Carlos Primo C. David, Ph.D.




Educational Background

PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences (2003)
Stanford University, USA

Research Interests

Hydrogeology, Environmental Geochemistry

Selected Presentations and Publications

Convenor, IRIS Presidential Leadership Programme, August 15-17, 2018, Makati City

Invited Speaker, Philippine Association of Research Managers (PHILARM), July 25-26, 2018, Cebu City

Speaker, Third National Panel of Technical Experts’ Forum on Water Security. 13 April 2018, Mariano Marcos State University, Ilocos Norte.

Chapter Lead Author, 2017. Philippine Climate Change Assessment report: Working Group 2 Impacts, Vulnerabilities and Adaptations. Published by The Oscar M. Lopez Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation, Inc. and the Climate Change Commission.

Invited Speaker, Quantifying the Impact of CCA and DRR R&D in the Philippines. Presented in the Conference entitled, “UN Public Service Forum” held in The Hague, Netherlands, 22-23 June 2017).

Invited Speaker, Ensuring Relevance and Cost-Effectiveness of R&D in the Philippines. Presented in the Conference entitled, “Connecting the Globe, Co-Creating a Sustainable and Prosperous Future” (NTU Convention Center, Taiwan, 6-7 September 2016).

Racoma, B.A., Crisologo, I. and David, C.P. 2015. Accumulation-based advection field rainfall forecasting. Journal of the Philippine Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society 1, 21-26.

Invited Speaker, ClimateX: Providing accurate rainfall forecast. Philippine Geoscience And Remote Sensing Society 4th National Remote Sensing Conference. Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology, University of the Philippines Diliman, 18-19 August 2014.

Tolentino, P.L., Geronia, M.C., Clutario, M., David, C.P. 2015. Potential long-term impact of Typhoon Haiyan on the water resources of Tacloban City and its vicinity. Climate, Disaster and Development Journal,

Domingo, J.P.T. and David, C.P. 2014. Geochemical characterization of copper mine tailings after legume revegetation. Science Diliman 26, 61-71.

Panaligan, D., Razon, J.A., Caro, J. and David, C.P. 2014. Using machine learning to provide rapid rainfall forecasts. In Theory and Practice of Computation, Proceedings of Workshop on Computation: Theory and Practice (eds: Nishizaki, Numao, Caro and Suarez) published by World Scientific, Singapore, 117-131.
Invited Speaker, Climate Change and Water Safety Conference. Department of Health and World Health Organization, March 23-25, 2015, Pampanga, Philippines.

Clutario, M.V. and David, C.P. 2014. Event-based Soil Erosion Estimation in a Tropical Watershed. International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion 4.

David, C.P., Racoma, B.A., Gonzales, J. and Clutario, M.V. 2013. Short Communications: A hallmark of climate change? A look at Typhoon Yolanda in relation to the historical tropical cyclone archive. Science Diliman 25, 79-86.

Invited Speaker, Mine tailings areas as productive lands. Philippine Mining Congress. 12 September 2013

Plenary Speaker, A Stochastic Cost Frontier Model: Water District Performance, Water Tariffs and the Management of Our Water Resources. 7th Outstanding Young Scientists, Inc. Annual Meeting and Scientific Convention. 10 July 2012, Manila.

David, C.P. 2011. What does it take to finish your graduate degree?: Issues, Challenges and Recommendations to the UP College of Science Graduate Program. Science Diliman 23, 1-7.

Corpus, T.J., David, C.P., Murao, S., Maglambayan, V. 2011. Small scale Gold Mining in the Ambalanga Catchment, Philippines: Its Control on Mercury Methylation in Stream Sediments. International Journal of Environmental Sciences 2, 1048-1059.

Invited Speaker, Calculation of Pollution Load Entering Manila Bay in 2010 and 2025. Sixth Twinning Workshop on Integrated River Basin and Coastal Area Management (IRBCAM) 18–20 May 2011. Dalian, China.

Lagrana, C., Apodaca, D. and David, C.P. 2011. Chironomids as Biological Indicators of Metal Contamination in Aquatic Environment. International Journal of Environmental Science and Development 4, 1-7.

Lagrana, C., Apodaca, D. and David, C.P. 2011. Toxicity of Cu2+, Cd2+ and Pb2+ Metal Ions in Chironomids and factors that Affect Metal Accumulation. International Conference on Environment Science and Engineering IPCBEE vol.8 (2011)

Invited Speaker, From Theory to Practice: A Forum on Geohazards. March 30, 2011 PHIVOLCS, CP Garcia Avenue
UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City.

Resource Person, Water Sector Forum on Climate Change: Vulnerability Assessment, Adaptation Strategy and Contributions to the MTPDP 2011-2016 proofing of the water sector. NEDA 14 December 2010, NWRB Conference Room.

Participant, Experts’ Group Meetings (EGM) of the Integrating DRR/CCA Project (NEDA). Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Comprehensive Land Use Plans on December 13, Richmonde Hotel, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

Invited Speaker, LGU Summit 3i: Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) in the Philippines’ Water Resources Sector (Luzon Leg). Climate Change Commission 4-6 November 2010 Legazpi City, Albay

Speaker, Development of the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP). Climate Change Commission 27-28 October 2010 Tagaytay City.

Apodaca, D. Laurio, M. and David, C.P. 2007. Response of fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas) to arsenic using the 96-hour toxicity test. Research Journal of Chemistry and Environment, 11(4), 68-72.

Other Information

Other positions

  • Head, Environment Monitoring Laboratory
  • Professor, National Institute of Geological Sciences,
    University of the Philippines Diliman (2003-present)
    • courses taught: Introduction to Geology, Geochemistry, Field Geology, Hydrogeology, Environmental Geochemistry, Environmental Geology and Hydrology
  • Executive Director, Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development, Department of Science and Technology (2015-2017)
  • Officer-in-Charge, Philippine Nuclear Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology (2016-2017)
  • Proponent, Karayan Diliman Management, Inc. (Water Resources Company) (2015-present)
  • Overall Head, GMA News and Public Affairs’ I M Ready Program (2013-2015)
  • Board of Trustees, Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) (2011-2012)
  • Hydrologist, Ecology and Contaminants Group, Water Resources Division,
    U.S. Geological Survey (2000-2003)
    • primary function: collection, measurement and analysis of water, sediment and biologic samples for monitoring contamination in rivers and coastal zones website:
  • Teaching Associate/Instructor, National Institute of Geological Sciences,
    University of the Philippines Diliman (1991-2003)

Software/Instrumentation Development

  • Environment Data Manager v1.2 (2008)
  • Climate Change Impact Modeling for the Water Resources Sector (CCIM v1.1) (2010)
  • Cauliflower Beta: Rain estimation from satellite imagery (2011)
  • SROff: Computational software for predicting San Roque Dam’s water level (2011)
  • ClimateX software for rainfall prediction for DOST’s Project NOAH (2011)
    • DOST-PCIEERD’s Best R&D for CCA/DRR (2015)
  • Hydroscan Protocol for rapid determination of hydropower and water resources potential (2015)

Other Affiliations

  • Member and Current Chairperson, National Panel of Technical Experts, Climate Change Commission (2011-present)
  • Trustee, Mama Sita Foundation
  • Trustee, Constantino Foundation
  • Trustee, Stratbase ADR institute
  • Convenor, Philippine Business for Environment Stewardship
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Geoscience Foundation, Inc. (2003-present)
  • Member Advisory Panel, Towards Sustainable Mining
  • Partner, Morningtide Capital Partners, Inc.
  • Chief Hydrologist, Mizu Resources, Inc.
  • Executive Director, Inspire Raya Senior High School for Sports

Awards, Memberships, Scholarships and Trainings

  • University Scientist I, University of the Philippines (2018-2020)
  • Participant, International School on Research Impact Assessment, Favrholm, Denmark (October 8-12, 2017)
  • 3rd place in the Career Executive Service Exam of the Career Executive Service Board (2017)
  • Member, Network for Advancing and Evaluating the Societal Impact of Science (AESIS) (2017-present)
  • Awardee, Lifetime Achievement Award for Earth Sciences, National Research Council of the Philippines (2017)
  • Awardee, 2015 Most Outstanding R&D of DOST-PCIEERD for ClimateX
  • Deputy Director for R&D, National Institute of Geological Sciences (2008-2015)
  • Vice Chairman, Geoscience Foundation Inc. (2010-2015)
  • Member, National Research Council of the Philippines
  • Philippine Patent Co-Owner, No. 1-2009-000107 Time-Sensitive Assimilation Device for Use in Tangible User Interface (TUI) Devices (2014)
  • Co-Awardee, OUTSTANDING SCIENTIFIC PAPER for 2013 by the National Academy of Science and Technology Philippines
  • Awardee, Oscar M. Lopez Professorial Chair for Climate Change Adaptation (2013-2015)
  • Graduate, Water Governance Program, Lee Kwan Yu School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (2011)
  • Graduate, Hazardous Materials Training Course, UP National Engineering Center (2011)
  • Awardee, UP Policy Paper on the Water Resources Sector (2010)
  • Awardee, Top Professor of the College of Science, Top Professors of UP Diliman (2010)
  • Awardee, UP Centennial Faculty (2009)
  • Awardee, OUTSTANDING SCIENTIFIC PAPER for 2009 by the National Academy of Science and Technology Philippines
  • Third Place, PCIERD-DOST Search for Outstanding Invention/Research (Automated Weather Station) (2006)
  • Awardee, Stanford-Packard Foundation Grant (2000)
  • Awardee, Geological Society of America research grant (2000)
  • Recipient, Stanford University McGee research grant (1998-2001)
  • Scholar, Department of Science and Technology Philippine Government (1997-2002)
  • Awardee, Geological Society of the Philippines, 1st place in the PRC Geology Licensure Exams (1992)