Research at Huascaran National Park
By Alton Byers, et al.
This paper explains research conducted in Peru in support of the USAID-funded High Mountains Adaptation Partnership (HiMAP) project.
Researchers aimed to learn more about the risk that Laguna Palcacocha lake would have a glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) event. Updated information was presented to stakeholders in Huaraz.
The team also mapped the thickness of ice in the Pastoruri glacier using GPR and gave this information to the Huascaran National Park and the Municipality of Catac so they could develop maps of the current extent of glacier ice. Modeling will allow prediction of future glacier cover here.
It also performed a ground penetrating radar (GPR) survey at the Arteson glacier in order to estimate the future evolution of the newly forming glacier lake at the base of the glacier. The lake now poses a new risk in the Cordillera Blanca. Measuring the ice thickness allowed for mapping of this and the bedrock location, which is an indicator for potential dangerous glacial lake formation.
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