Tens of millions of people across northern South America rely upon the misty, tropical alpine ecosystem known as the páramos to provide them with a steady flow of clean water. But despite the growing population and constant threat of destruction, the exact nature of how the páramos work is still largely unclear.
The University of Nottingham are now co-investigators in a large project led by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology that will investigate how the diversity of habitats and plants found within the Colombian Páramo contribute to water regulation and provision.
David Large, Head of Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering explains that Nottingham's role is the application of remote sensing to characterise the condition of the upland catchment. This particular method has been developed for monitoring peatland condition in the UK and uses surface motion (a direct response to water storage) to quantify condition.
Spanning over three years, the PARAGUAS project is NERC funded research and is part of a special call focused on Colombia.
To learn more about this fascinating research, read the Guardian article here.
Posted on Friday 26th April 2019