This project investigates the impacts of climate change on glacier retreat and water resources in the Rio Santa catchment in Peru to define adaptation strategies and alternative scenarios of water use that enhance the resilience of Peruvian communities and ecosystems.
  • DatesFebruary 2019–December 2021
  • SponsorNatural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Peruvian National Council of Science, Technology and Technological Innovation (CONCYTEC)
  • Funded£405,125
  • PartnersNorthumbria University, Heriot-Watt, NERC British Antarctic Survey, Glaciers and Ecosystems Research National Institute (INAIGEM), National Service of Meteorology and Hydrology of Peru (SENAMHI), Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP), CARE Peru, Mountain Institute, University of Zurich

Peru GROWS will produce new knowledge to identify the dependence of ecosystems, food security, energy production and domestic use on the hydrological regime of the Rio Santa catchment, in the Andean Cordillera Blanca in Peru.

The likely changes in glacier volumes and runoff due to future climate change will be projected and used to estimate socio-ecological impacts using a systems modelling approach. The systems model will be exploited working closely with stakeholders to devise robust adaptation and mitigation strategies at different scales that promote poverty reduction, equitable sharing of resources and economic growth.

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