Peru – A new project started by The University of Plymouth and the Geophysical Institute wants to search for the precise effects in the Peruvian Andes. The future and current climate changes cause these effects; the institutions want to focus specifically on its glaciers.
The communities in the Andes depend greatly on the water that melts from the glaciers. The ecosystem of the mountains provides the Peruvian communities with food and power.
Now, the future climate change is putting this in major danger. The climate change will have as an effect that the local communities will have a water shortage. When the glaciers melt due to climate change, the local communities will have more water initially. But over time, the glaciers will shrink, and the water that the glaciers normally supply will dwindle.
The research project is now searching for the precise effects that this climate change will have and how the communities and others can help and work together to work against the potential effects of changing water quality and quantity. They will also evaluate how agencies can work together with the local communities to improve the effects and help each other where necessary.
The project is funded by the UK, with the help of the Newton Fund. The researchers of Peru are supported by the National Council of Science, Technology and Technological Innovation (CONCYTEC). The research in Peru will be built on previous research projects led by the University, research to the effects of climate and social change on communities in East Africa and Chile.