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Slow onset events: Relating Climate Change science to management in Peru
Nov-2017
International Congress on Climate Change and its Impacts, 1, Huaraz-Ancash, PE, 29 nov.- 1 dic., 2017, - Abstracts Volume.
Due to its location in the tropical western margin of South America, Peru is a highly vulnerable country to suffer loss and damage related to Slow Onset Events (SOEs). This concept - unusual in the scientific community - was coined by climate change (CC) management officers to involve a series of changes in the natural environment due to the CC, i .e., sea-level rise, ocean warming and acidification, atmosphere warming, glacier retreat, soil degradation, groundwater salinization, loss of biodiversity, desertification, among others. A clear definition of them as changes driven by global warming through climate change, and its diffusion, is needed since we verity a frequent mixing of them with other concepts as natural disasters and environmental pollution. What seems clear is that accurate knowledge of these SOEs, mapping of vulnerable zones, risk estimation, evaluation of potential loss and damage, and a clear policy definition to face them are still to be done in large areas. All mentioned phenomena are research and monitoring subjects of first importance, and therefore treated by scientists, often in parallel tracks and compartmentalized research communities. Peru not being an exception, several research and academic -both public and private- institutions perform CC investigations in a fairly unconnected way re leasing partial and/or controversial results. Considering that policy makers and action managers need robust and rigorous knowledge, a scientific multi-institutional committee, chaired by CONCYTEC with strong input of the Ministry of the Environment, is proposed to coordinate and integrate CC science programs and projects in benefit of the society.
Sociedad Geológica del Perú - SGP
Macharé, J. (2017) - Slow onset events: Relating Climate Change science to management in Peru. En: International Congress on Climate Change and its Impacts, 1, Huaraz-Ancash, PE, 29 nov.- 1 dic., 2017, - Abstracts Volume. Lima: Sociedad Geológica del Perú, 2017, pp.32
Resumen de artículo presentado en el I Congreso Internacional del Cambio Climático y sus Impactos, 29 noviembre - 1 diciembre, 2017, Centro Cultural de Huaraz - Ancash, Perú. Organizado por la Sociedad Geológica del Perú.

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