Peruvian Glacial Retreat and its Impact on Water Security & Resilience to Natural Hazards

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This UK/Peru collaboration, led by NERC and the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Tecnológica, Perú (CONCYTEC) aims to provide an improved understanding of the rate of glacial retreat in Peru and the impact of this on water security and natural hazards.

This programme is funded by the Newton-Paulet Fund, an initiative agreed between the UK government and CONCYTEC with the objective of supporting the research and innovation capacity of Peru for its long-term sustainable growth.

Peruvian Glacial Retreat & its Impact on Water Security & Resilience to Natural Hazards workshop

Closing date: 26 Jan
2018

19 Dec 2017

NERC are inviting applications from UK scientists to attend a joint workshop with Consejo Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Tecnológica, Perú (CONCYTEC) in Lima on 19-20 March 2018 on Peruvian Glacial Retreat & its Impact on Water Security & Resilience to Natural Hazards.

Peru hosts 71% of the world's tropical glaciers and relies on glacial runoff to provide water for drinking, agriculture, hydroelectricity and industry. The Pacific coast, where about 56% of the population and most of the economic activity is situated, is vulnerable to changes in water availability due to its desert climate and low rainfall. Andean populations, though more dependent on rainfall, also depend on glacial water during the dry season.

Peru is also heavily dependent on agriculture, and 50% of energy supply in the country is provided from hydroelectric power, both of which are reliant on glacial runoff water. This supply of water is now at risk due to significant reduction in the surface area of glaciers in the Peruvian Andes (more than 20% in the past 30 years). Changes in glacial runoff are also leading to increased risks from glacial outburst floods and glacial avalanches.

This collaborative programme will provide increased knowledge on glacial retreat, and the impacts that this will have on water supply in the region. The outputs will also provide further knowledge on the increased risk of natural hazards caused by glacial retreat which can be used to inform disaster mitigation strategies.

Timing

2018 - 2021

Can I apply for a grant?

No, not at this time

Budget

Up to £3 million is available from NERC for this programme.

Presentations from the Peruvian Glacial Retreat & its Impact on Water Security & Resilience to Natural Hazards workshop, 19-20 March 2018.

Deglaciation: A national perspective (PDF, 2.2MB)

Peruvian Glacial Retreat and its Impact on Water Security and Resilience to Natural Hazards (PDF, 120KB)