Department of Geography and the Environment

Modeling Basin-Scale Water and Climate Issues in a Glacier Dominated Basin: The Rio Santa Basin, Peru by Dr. Daene McKinney

Fri, March 4, 2011 | GRG 102

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Santa River basin showing model catchment elements
Santa River basin showing model catchment elements

This colloquium presentation will be by Dr. Daene C. McKinney, Ph.D., P.E., William A. Cunningham Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Accelerated tropical glacial melt in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca region is causing rural communities and urban authorities to seek technical support for risk management and adaptation actions to support livestock, irrigation and human consumption. 

A basin-scale model has been created to simulate glacial melt and flow in the Rio Santa Basin.  The model includes climate variables, glacial runoff, water use, crop acreage, soil types and groundwater interactions and has the flexibility to model various adaptation scenarios.

Results of the model will be presented along with discussion of the difficulties of data acquisition in remote areas and representation of glacier hydrology in basin-scale models.

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