Rapid climate change in the Cordillera Vilcanota, Perú: Synthesizing isolated research into a collaborative model

Type: Paper
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Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Regent, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
Organizers: Allison Caine, Kelsey Reider, Charles Rodda
Chairs: Allison Caine


This panel synthesizes five approaches to climate change research in the Cordillera Vilcanota, southeastern Peru, to understand feedbacks between climate and social, physical, and environmental systems in the high Andes. Tropical alpine ecosystems are understudied despite being among the regions most heavily impacted by global climate change. Human and non-human constituents of the alpine ecosystem influence each other in ways that are complex and sensitive. Understanding either requires trans-disciplinary approaches bridging natural and social sciences, in order to predict how existing relationships will likely be influenced by future climate change. This panel seeks to forge a collaborative model for researching, teaching, and addressing climate change in glacierized montane ecosystems such as the Vilcanota. Our goals are: (1) to summarize the current knowledge about environmental change and associated ecosystem impacts in the Cordillera Vilcanota; (2) to investigate the relationship between glacier mass balance, ecosystem evolution, and agro-pastoralist and cultural systems changes over time; (3) to identify critical knowledge gaps between scholarly and developmental approaches to climate change research, teaching, and outreach, and coordinate efforts to address those gaps; and (4) to propagate scholarly and public-facing research that synthesizes various perspectives within a single region in order to provide a holistic understanding of the drivers and impacts of environmental change. We hope that these efforts will promote a culture change in our research community that will help future collaborative efforts identify and address the unprecedented challenges faced in ecosystems and communities where the impacts of climate change are early or severe.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Courtney Cooper*, University of Idaho, Interdisciplinary Water Resources Study Abroad in the Tropical Andes 20 5:20 PM
Presenter Charles Rodda*, Climate Change Institute, Future climate predictions for Cordillera Vilcanota, Peru, based on paleoclimate records, weather station records, and climate reanalyses. 20 5:40 PM
Presenter Eli Gendron*, University of Colorado - Boulder, John L Darcy, University of Hawaii, Dorota L Porazinska, University of Colorado - Boulder, Lara Vimercati, University of Colorado - Boulder, Steven K Schmidt, University of Colorado - Boulder, Phosphorus addition drastically accelerates plant succession following glacial retreat. 20 6:00 PM
Presenter Kelsey Reider*, Florida International University, Maureen A Donnelly, Florida International University, Life at the Peaks: Wildlife Responses to Rapid Climate Change in the High Andes 20 6:20 PM
Presenter Allison Caine*, University of Michigan, Shifting Grasslands: Pastoralist Evaluations of Climate Change in the Andean Highlands 20 6:40 PM

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