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.


Stella Moreiras

Stella obtained a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from The National University of San Juan, Argentina. She is a researcher in the National Council of Scientific and Technical Investigations of Argentina, a representative fellow of the Argentinian Institute of Snow science, Glaciology and Environmental Sciences, and a lecturer in the National University of Cuyo, 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.

Jorge Luis Ceballos

Geographical Engineer, he obtained a MSc in Geography from the Pedagogical University of Colombia. He works at the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (IDEAM) with the technical advice from the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) from France and the World Glacier Monitoring Service from the Zurich University, Switzerland, where he is fellow and representative in Colombia. He is also a member of the Group of Andean Ice and Snow supported by the UNESCO through The International Hydrological Programme.

Francisca Bown

Francisca obtained her M.Sc. in Geography from the University of Chile, where she had collaborated as a postgraduate student in scientific activities and expeditions in Central and Austral Chile before she began to work in the Glaciology Laboratory of the Scientific Studies Center in 2004. 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.



Landscape Risk Assessment, geomorphology in glaciers and high mountain systems. Centro de Investigación y Tecnología del Agua, 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


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


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


Hydrology of glacierized river basins, glacier energy budgets, meltwater drainage and runoff process using observations and models. Research for Life & Environmental Sciences. University of Birningham. UK


Sustainable development and climate change adaptation. Water resource management, community-based action, and sustainable development. Consortium for the Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion (CONDESAN). PERU


Climate impacts, risks, and adaptation to climate change, mainly in the mountain and high-mountain regions. Department of Geography, University of Zurich, SWITZERLAND


Water governance and territories with expertise in leading baseline studies, socio-environmental monitoring, and assessment of communities development. Institute for the Sciences of Nature, Territory and Renewable Energies at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. PERU


Glaciology, glacier mass balance and dynamics, numerical modelling of melt and ice flow, and the downstream impacts of glacier change. School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences. University of Birningham. UK


Integrated water resources research. Risks from both glacier shrinkage and lake changes as well as human vulnerabilities. Department of Geography, University of Zurich, SWITZERLAND


Glaciology, subsurface glacier processes. Grantham Institute for Climate Change. Imperial College London. UK


Irrigation management investment projects. School of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, National University of San Antonio Abad of Cusco. PERU


General and applied hydrology. National Service for Meteorology and Hydrology - Senamhi. PERU


Hydrology and climate change. National Service for Meteorology and Hydrology - Senamhi. PERU


Environmental education, biodiversity, ecology, conservation and adaptation to climate change. Technical support for analyses of the vulnerability due to climate change. Institute for the Sciences of Nature, Territory and Renewable Energies at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. PERU


Permafrost and impacts of its thaw; Cold environments at high latitude or elevation; Combining field observation and computer simulation. Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University, CA


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


Lecturer in Water Resources and part of the Environmental Research Group, which carries out research on mountain hydrology, glaciology and water resources management. National University of San Antonio Abad of Cusco. PERU


Hydrological processes of high mountain regions, related to glacier landscapes, climate change, water supply, and demand. Water, risk disaster and territorial management in Peruvian local government. Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE Peru). PERU


Mechanisms that shape glacial landscapes, and the response of those landscapes to deglaciation, with a particular focus on glacial hazards. Formation, geometry, and importance of subglacial basins, protocols to estimate glacial lake volumes, and glacial lake outburst flood. Geography and Environmental Science, University of Dundee. UK


Glaciology and hydrology spanning basic process research, hydrological modeling and impact studies of future changes in glaciers and water resources. Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Northumbria University. UK


Professor in Psychology leads a research group on population perceptions of deglaciation and climate change. National University of San Antonio Abad of Cusco. PERU


Numerical modeling of flood risk, and the feedbacks between flood risk and geomorphology. Geography, Environment and Earth Science, University of Hull, UK


Quantification of the linkages between fluid flow, sediment transport and flux, and morphodynamics in rivers, estuaries and deltas. Energy and Environment Institute, University of Hull. UK


Boundary layer processes and land-atmosphere interactions, particularly in upland and mountainous regions. School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds. UK


Outburst flood processes, quantifying risk from sedimentary sequences, landforms, and landscapes produced by outburst floods. School of Geography, University of Leeds. UK


THEME A: 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.

THEME B: 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.

THEME C: 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.

THEME D: 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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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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I Tropical Glaciers Symposium

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