Polar and Mountain Environments
The polar and high mountains are the planet’s barometers, telling us a great deal about the present and future effects of climate change.
Increasing temperatures, changes in precipitation and snow cover, together with pollution and dust, are accelerating the retreat of glaciers within the Andes mountain range and contributing to the water scarcity for both mountain communities and people living downstream.
GRID-Arendal is working with UNESCO-IHP to produce an ‘Andean Water Vulnerability Atlas’, which draws from the scientific work of the UNESCO project ‘The impact of glacier retreat in the Andes: International Multidisciplinary Network for Adaptation Strategies’ and from the latest scientific findings.
The Atlas is intended to inform about the status of water resources in the Andes, identify existing vulnerabilities of mountain communities dependent on these resources, and propose possible adaptation strategies and policies to address water vulnerability and security.