Understanding the hydrology of tropical Andean ecosystems through an Andean network of basins

Rolando Célleri, Wouter Buytaert, Bert De Bièvre, Conrado Tobón, Patricio Crespo, Jorge Molina Carpio, J. A.N. Feyen

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Abstract

During the last decade several initiatives aiming at conserving and protecting the water provision of Andean ecosystems have started. However, their implementation has faced a number of limitations on the technical side, mainly due to the lack of knowledge of hydrological processes and Andean-specific developed and tested hydrological models for scenario analyses. The large variability found in ecosystems, climates and geomorphological settings makes hydrological research a complex task and therefore finding answers to these societal problems may take too long, unless a well-coordinated collaboration between research centres, NGOs and local governments takes place. This manuscript outlines the goals of a regional initiative on participatory-based networking of data monitoring; describes how researchers can help local and regional stakeholders and vice versa with data collection, processing, storage and dissemination; highlights the benefits of the collaboration for the scientific community and policy makers; and proposes measures to make the collaboration effective and sustainable.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStatus of Perspectives of Hydrology in Small Basins
Pages209-212
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2010
EventInternational Workshop on Status and Perspectives of Hydrology in Small Basins - Goslar-Hahnenklee, Germany
Duration: 30 Mar 20092 Apr 2009

Publication series

NameIAHS-AISH Publication
Volume336
ISSN (Print)0144-7815

Conference

ConferenceInternational Workshop on Status and Perspectives of Hydrology in Small Basins
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityGoslar-Hahnenklee
Period30/03/092/04/09

Keywords

  • Andean ecosystems
  • Andes
  • Montane and cloud forests
  • Mountain hydrology
  • Páramo
  • Participatory environmental monitoring

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