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The Tropical Andes eco-regions

The Tropical Andes eco-regions

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Uploaded 28 Apr 2016 by Tom Skarning
Year: 2016 Author: GRID-Arendal and Cartografare il Presente/Riccardo Pravettoni
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Mountain environments provide a wide range of ecosystem services, from the cycling of nutrients, water and greenhouse gases to disease regulation and protection from landslides and floods. The Tropical Andes contain a wide spectrum of microclimates, harbouring a unique diversity of ecosystems, such as glaciers, high mountain grasslands, mountain forests, rivers, lakes and wetlands. The ecosystems in the most tropical parts of the Andes, the north and along the eastern slopes, have particularly diverse and populous wildlife. The whole region is one of the biodiversity hotspots most vulnerable to climate change (Malcolm et al., 2006), partly due to its low inter-annual variability, which means that ecosystems are not adapted to longterm climate variability (Williams and Jackson, 2007). Therefore, many of the expected impacts of climate change will come indirectly through affecting these ecosystems and their services to society.
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  • Agriculture and pasture production in the Tropical Andes region
  • Climate and hydrological disasters in the Tropical Andes countries
  • Deforestation in the Tropical Andes region
  • Flood occurrence / Drought severity
  • Food security, disasters and climate change vulnerability in the Tropical Andes region
  • Hydropower lights up the Tropical Andes
  • The effect of El Niño on weather in the Andes
  • Water stress in the Tropical Andes countries