This book describes the ecosystem of the Andean watersheds, covering the Californian valley, tropical Andes, and southern Andes. Case studies of the new methods and techniques used for hydrological research in the Andes are provided, and sustainability issues pertaining to Andean water resources are discussed in the context of climate change, social and economic issues, and public policy. Furthermore, the impact of economic development on the Andean ecosystem, specifically the effect on the water cycle and the water-energy-food nexus, are examined.
Competing Uses and Access to Hydrological Resources in Upstream Peasant Communities of the Cañete River Watershed, Peru. Socio-environmental Issues Related to Mineral Exploitation in the Andes. Waters of Andean Indigenous Peoples: Ancestral Rights and the Neutralization of their Claims. Modeling for Management: A Case Study of the Cañete Watershed, Peru. Mass Balance and Meteorological Conditions at Universidad Glacier, Central Chile. Participatory Monitoring of the Impact of Watershed Interventions in the Tropical Andes. A Framework for Agricultural Water Management Support Following the 2010 Maule Earthquake. Hydrochemical and Tracer Monitoring to Assess Runoff Generation from Semi-Arid Andean Headwater Catchments. Isotopic Characterization of Waters Across Chile. Hydrological Modelling to Assess Runoff Generation from Semi-Arid Andean Headwater Catchments for Water Management in Central Chile.