Thursday, June 9, 2011

Peru set''station''to monitor glacial melting in Andes

Peru set up an "ice station" five thousand 180 meters above sea level, on the snowy Quisoquipina in the Cuzco region to monitor the rate of melting of glaciers in that part of the Cordillera de los Andes, today reported Environment Ministry source. According to previous studies in Peru, Cordillera Blanca, located in the Ancash region and a favorite for sport climbing in snow, suffered a decrease of 33 percent of its glaciers between 1980 and 2006 due to warming global.

The Project Specialist Adaptation to the Impact of Reverse Accelerated Glaciers of the Tropical Andes (PRAA), Ana Illu, said the choice of snow to install second Cusco Peru's highest station responds to that is representative of the range of Vilcanota and offered technical conditions to collect the necessary information.

Through the ice station, the experts of the National Service of Meteorology and Hydrology (Senamhi), in charge of its operation, measure the height variations of snow and ice on the glacier, the level of water reserves and speed wind, among other data. The project's significance lies in the need to measure the speed of shrinking glaciers in the Andes, one of the major reservoirs of freshwater in the region, it is impossible to stop the phenomenon of climate change, said Illu.

The station installed in Cuzco as part of a network of eight stations distributed over four thousand meters above sea level in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru to measure the effects of global warming on glaciers in the Andean region. The other station is located in the Peruvian Huaytapallana snow, about four thousand 200 meters above sea level, in the Junin region.

The specialist explained that the eight Peruvian Andean stations exchange information to anticipate the effects of the likely fall of water resources in the coming years.

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