CASCADA (CAscading impacts of peruvian glacier Shrinkage on biogeochemical Cycling and Acid Drainage in Aquatic ecosystems) is a joint UK-Peruvian research project investigating the impacts of shrinking glaciers on water quality in the Peruvian Andes. The CASCADA research project is based in the Cordillera Blanca, a mountain range in central Peru that contains 40% of the country’s glaciers. Glacial meltwater is crucial to the lives of the 0.25 million people in the region who use this water for drinking, agriculture and to generate power. As the glaciers in this region have shrunk, some rivers are becoming acidic with high levels of metals in the water, which can be toxic for people and animals to consume.
PI: Prof. Jemma Wadham (University of Bristol)
NOC PI: Dr Alex Beaton
NERC – Strategic Research