The Andes contains a great number of tropical glaciers and the meltwater they supply is an essential resource for people downstream who depend on it for irrigation and sanitation. Therefore, understanding these process, their impacts and implementing adequate science-based adaptation strategies requires an interdisciplinary approach. In this opportunity, this event is organized based on the concept to bring together global change researchers in order to address specific topics of interest to the mountain research community. This event is focused on the scope, strengths, and weaknesses of both traditional and innovative survey methods used to study the Andes’ role and dynamics, and glacier retreat, and to identify future research priorities. The main work package will be state-of-the-art on the Knowledge-Based Glacier Retreat impacts in the Andes Mountain Range based on researchers’ experiences, and past and current projects.

The aim of this symposium is to provide an improved understanding of the rate of glacial retreat in the Andes Mountain Range and the impact of this on water security and natural hazards. This event seeks to become the axis and producer of information based on the study of water, with the leadership of nationally and internationally recognized specialists and aims to establish networking and communication among institutions (academic, research, governmental, and non-governmental) for potential research synergy.


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Glaciers and Water Security

Glaciers are a major source of freshwater, particularly in tropical and subtropical regions, because they balance the temporal variability in the streamflow of mountain rivers. However, glacier shrinkage on the water security of mountains and downstream lowlands is induced by climate change impacts, generating important challenges in terms of water security and the socio-economic vulnerability of its population.


Natural hazards and health risks from lakes

Tropical glaciers are receding rapidly since the 20th century leaving new glacial lakes behind and releasing sediment to valley areas and revealing topographic depressions that may become natural reservoirs for glacier runoff. These thawing landscapes represent a risk for the nearby downstream communities. Glacier melting is very unstable and can produce avalanches or landslides, and, potentially, a glacier lake outburst flood.


Adaptation to climate change in the developing world

Climate change affects populations in developing countries that have limited economic resources, especially in which agriculture and livestock are the main economic activity. Little has been done in terms of improving land-management practices as an important and practicable climate adaptation strategy in remote areas. It is important to implement multidimensional and interdisciplinary strategies of adaptation and mitigation measures in order to reduce the vulnerability of natural ecosystems and surrounding communities.


Mountain ecosystems

Mountain ecosystems are hotspots of biological and cultural diversity, as well as they host endemic species and ancestral knowledge. They influence climate at different scales providing a variety of ecosystem services, such as the regulation of hydrological processes, and carbon storage. However, this type of ecosystem is particularly vulnerable to natural and anthropogenic threats, for instance, volcanic activity, floods, soil erosion and degradation, and loss of vegetation cover due to inadequate agricultural and industrial practices.

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Stella Moreiras


PhD in Geological Sciences from The National University of San Juan, Argentina. Her research area involves Quaternary stratigraphy, Paleoseismology, Neotectonics, landslides, natural hazards, catastrophic outburst floods from glaciers and landslides-dammed lakes and recent environmental change. She is currently a a representative fellow of the Argentinian Institute of Snow science, Glaciology and Environmental Sciences

Jorge Luis Ceballos


MSc in Geography from the Pedagogical University of Colombia. His research areas involve climate change, Physical Geography, Meteorology, Climate Modeling, Geomorphological Mapping, Fluvial Geomorphology, Coastal Geomorphology, and Glaciology. He is also a member of the Group of Andean Ice and Snow supported by the UNESCO through The International Hydrological Programme.  

Francisca Bown


MSc in Geography from the University of Chile. Her interests involve global climate changes and the relation between fluctuations and dynamics in Chile and Antarctica glaciers. She took part in research projects about glacio-volcanic interactions in the south of Chile, exploration expeditions in the Antarctic Peninsula glacier area and the second terrestrial expedition to the South Pole in 2007.



Authors are invited to submit their abstracts electronically on the 4 themes listed above for review by the Congress Scientific Committee.

Abstracts should be in English and of 300-400 words and applicants can include figures.

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The registered participants will have access to share experiences and knowledge with leaders in their area of specialization, form professional networks and share with other professionals from different sectors.

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Abstracts will be received until July 22, 2019, 6:00 p.m. UTC.


Those interested in applying for travel expenses (travel, lodging, and meals) should submit a letter of motivation with the following information:

  • Explain the perceived importance of the event within your discipline, and optionally the importance of the event in a broader context. Describe the relevance of travel to your professional development and area of study. (max. 500 words)

Available financial aid is given by MRI and UTEC.


The financing can only be requested by the people of Latin America who previously sent the abstract. Early career researchers are highly encouraged to apply.

Applications for funding will be received until July 22, 2019 UTC

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Abstract Submission

July 22, 2019

Abstract Notification

July 29, 2019

Grant Request Deadline

July 22, 2019

Grant Awardees Notification

July 29, 2019


August 16, 2019



Landscape Risk Assessment, geomorphology in glaciers and high mountain systems. Centro de Investigación y Tecnología del Agua, University of Engineering and Technology. PERU


Dynamics of mountain glaciers, evolution of glacial and alpine environments. School of Geography, University of Leeds. UK


Water Resources Management, impacts of environmental change on the water cycle. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London. UK


Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Dynamics. Department of Environmental Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology. PERU


Water Resources Management, hydrology, and hydroclimatology in mountain and arid zones. Department of Environmental Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology. PERU


Risk management and climate change adaptation in rural and urban zones. Technical support for analyses of vulnerability, risk, and governance of climate change adaptation and the synergy with risk management of disasters. Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE Peru). PERU


Day 1

09:00 - 09:15Opening Ceremony
09:15 - 10:15Keynote Conference 1
10:15 - 11:00Theme A: Glaciers and Water Security
11:00 - 11:15Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:30Theme A: Glaciers and Water Security
12:30 - 02:30Lunch Break
02:30 - 03:30Keynote Conference 2
03:30 - 04:30Theme B: Natural Hazards and Health Risks from Lakes
04:30 - 04:45Coffee Break
04:45 - 05:45Theme B: Natural Hazards and Health Risks from Lakes
05:45 - 08:00Exhibition / Break

Day 2

09:00 - 09:15Registration
09:15 - 10:15Keynote Conference 3
10:15 - 11:15Theme C: Adaptation to Climate Change in the Developing World
11:15 - 11:30Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:45Theme D: Mountain Ecosystems
12:45 - 02:30Closing Ceremony






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I Tropical Glaciers Symposium

August 16 - 17, 2019 | University of Engineering and Technology