How does climate change and glacier recession impact water resources in the glaciated Andes? With the rapid recession of mountain glaciers, the importance of groundwater as a water resource is rapidly increasing. We use a broad range of field techniques including groundwater and river monitoring, water chemistry, geophysics, and numerical modeling to understand the processes that control groundwater and hydrology. The ultimate goal of this research is to understand the impacts of climate change on water and society .
Somers, L., R.P. Gordon, L.K. Lautz, J.M. McKenzie, O. Wigmore, A. Glose, R. Glas, C. Aubry-Wake, B. Mark, M. Baraer, T. Condom, 2016, Quantifying groundwater-surface water interactions in a proglacial valley, Cordillera Blanca, Peru, Hydrological Processes, DOI:10.1002/hyp.10912
Carey, M., M. Baraer, B.G. Mark, A. French, J. Bury, K.R. Young, J.M. McKenzie, 2013, Toward hydro-social modeling: Merging human variables and the social sciences with climate-glacier runoff models (Santa River, Peru), Journal of Hydrology, DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2013.11.006.
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Melting in the Andes: Goodbye glaciers (by Barbara Fraser) - Nature - November 7, 2012
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