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Drought impacts on water quality and potential implications for agricultural production in the Maipo River Basin, Central Chile

Año: 2020
Categoría: Agricultura, Cuenca del Maipo, Sequía

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Drought impacts on water quality and potential implications for agricultural production in the Maipo River Basin, Central Chile

Autores: M.D. Peña-Guerrero, A. Nauditt, C. Muñoz-Robles, L. Ribbe, F. Meza

Revista: Hydrological Sciences Journal, DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2020.1711911

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Abstract

Droughts can have serious negative impacts on the water quality needed for irrigated agriculture. The Metropolitan region of Chile is a relevant producer of high-value crops and is prone to droughts. Standardized Drought Indices were used to characterize meteorological and hydrological droughts for the period from 1985 to 2015.

Libro - Global Changes: Ethics, Politics and Environment in the Contemporary Technological World

Año: 2020
Categoría: Cambio climático, Cambio global, Conciencia pública, Globalización, Política pública

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Libro - Global Changes: Ethics, Politics and Environment in the Contemporary Technological World

Autores: Luca Varela, Juan Carlos Castilla

Editorial: Springer (Parte de la serie de libros "Ethics of Science and Technology Assessment")

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Sobre el libro

This book offers an authoritative analysis of the challenges that have arisen as a result of modern technologies. It covers several environmental problems, such as climate change, overexploitation of natural resources, loss of natural habitats, pollution and human population growth, and discusses practical scenarios for sustainable human dwelling of our planet. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the first part introduces “global changes”, describing how they are happening in reality, and the challenges arising from them. The second part introduces methodological approaches borrowed from various disciplines, such as engineering, management science, philosophy and theology, which can help deal with the contemporary challenges resulting from global changes.

Modeling present and future ice covers in two Antarctic lakes

Año: 2019
Categoría: Hidrología, Impactos del cambio climático, Modelación hidrológica

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Modeling present and future ice covers in two Antarctic lakes

Autores: Sebastián Echeverría, Mark B. Hausner, Nicolás Bambach, Sebastián Vicuña y Francisco Suárez

Revista: Journal of Glaciology Journal of Glaciology (2019) 1–14  - https://doi.org/10.1017/jog.2019.78

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Abstract

Antarctic lakes with perennial ice covers provide the opportunity to investigate in-lake processes without direct atmospheric interaction, and to study their ice-cover sensitivity to climate conditions. In this study, a numerical model – driven by radiative, atmospheric and turbulent heat fluxes from the water body beneath the ice cover – was implemented to investigate the impact of climate change on the ice covers from two Antarctic lakes: west lobe of Lake Bonney (WLB) and Crooked Lake.

Modelling the current and future biodiversity distribution in the Chilean Mediterranean hotspot. The role of protected areas network in a warmer future

Año: 2019
Categoría: Biodiversidad, Cambio climático, Conservación, Medio Ambiente

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Modelling the current and future biodiversity distribution in the Chilean Mediterranean hotspot. The role of protected areas network in a warmer future

Autores: Taryn Fuentes-Castillo, Rosa A. Scherson, Pablo A. Marquet, Javier Fajardo, Derek Corcoran, María José Román, Patricio Pliscoff

Revista: Biodiversity and Distributions (2019) 00:1-13

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Mediterranean Chile is part of the five recognized mediterranean‐type climates in the world and harbours a very rich floral diversity. Climate change has been reported as a significant threat to its biodiversity. We used the flora of Mediterranean Chile to analyse how biodiversity patterns, as measured by phylogenetic diversity, genus and species richness will respond to climate change scenarios and identify the areas that will harbour the greatest evolutionary potential and biodiversity richness. We also evaluated how these spatial patterns are depicted within the current network of protected areas.

Knowledge gaps and climate adaptation policy: a comparative analysis of six Latin American countries

Año: 2019
Categoría: Adaptación, Política pública

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Knowledge gaps and climate adaptation policy: a comparative analysis of six Latin American countries

Autores: Daniel Ryan, Eduardo Bustos

Revista: Climate Policy (2019) 9:10, 1297-1309, DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2019.1661819

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This article identifies and analyzes some of the main knowledge gaps that affect the development of climate adaptation policies in the Latin American context. It is based on a comparative analysis of online survey results conducted among government officials working on climate adaptation in six countries of the region: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Priority questions for biodiversity conservation in the Mediterranean biome: Heterogeneous perspectives across continents and stakeholders

Año: 2019
Categoría: Biodiversidad suelos, Conservación, Servicios ecosistémicos, Medio Ambiente

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Priority questions for biodiversity conservation in the Mediterranean biome: Heterogeneous perspectives across continents and stakeholders

Autores: Francisco Moreira, Nicky Allsopp, Karen J. Esler, Grant Wardell-Johnson, Leonardo Ancilloto, Margarita Arianoutsou, Jeffrey Clary, Lluis Brotons, Miguel Clavero, Panayiotis G. Dimitrakopoulos, Raquel Fagoaga, Peggy Fiedler, Ana F. Filipe, Eliezer Frankenberg, Milena Holmgren, Pablo A. Marquet, Maria J. Martinez-Harms, Adriano Martinoli, Ben P. Miller, Linda Olsvig-Whittaker, Patricio Pliscoff, Phil Rundel, Danilo Russo, Jasper A. Slingsby, John Thompson, Angela Wardell-Johnson, Pedro Beja.

Revista: Conservation Science and Practice (2019) e118. https://doi.org/10.1111/csp2.118

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The identification of research questions with high relevance for biodiversity conservation is an important step towards designing more effective policies and management actions, and to better allocate funding among alternative conservation options. However, the identification of priority questions may be influenced by regional differences in biodiversity threats and social contexts, and to variations in the perceptions and interests of different stakeholders. Here we describe the results of a prioritization exercise involving six types of stakeholders from the Mediterranean biome, which includes several biodiversity hotspots spread across five regions of the planet (Europe, Africa, North and South America, and Australia).

Research priorities for maintaining biodiversity’s contributions to people in Latin America

Año: 2019
Categoría: Biodiversidad, Impactos del cambio climático

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Research priorities for maintaining biodiversity’s contributions to people in Latin America

Autores: Richard G. Pearson, Enrique Martínez-Meyer, Mercedes Andrade Velázquez, Mercedes Caron, Rogelio O. Corona-Núñez, Katrina Davis, América Paz Durán, Rodrigo García-Morales, Talya D. Hackett, Daniel J. Ingram, Rafael Loyola Díaz, Julián Lescano, Andrés Lira-Noriega, Yolanda López-Maldonado, Daniela Manuschevich, Alma Mendoza, Ben Milligan, Simon C. Mills, Darío Moreira-Arce, Luzma F. Nava, Vicencio Oostra 1, Nathan Owen, David Prieto-Torres, Clarita Rodríguez Soto, Thomas Smith, Andrew J. Suggitt, Camila Tejo Haristoy, Jorge Velásquez-Tibatá, Sandra Díaz, Pablo A. Marquet

Revista: UCL Open: Environment. (2019)- (1):02

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Maintaining biodiversity is crucial for ensuring human well-being. The authors participated in a workshop held in Palenque, Mexico, in August 2018, that brought together 30 mostly early-career scientists working in different disciplines (natural, social and economic sciences) with the aim of identifying research priorities for studying the contributions of biodiversity to people and how these contributions might be impacted by environmental change.

Using forest historical information to target landscape ecological restoration in Southwestern Patagonia

Año: 2019
Categoría: Biodiversidad suelos, Conservación, Planificación territorial, Servicios ecosistémicos

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Using forest historical information to target landscape ecological restoration in Southwestern Patagonia

Autores: Gabriel Zegers, Eduardo Arellano, Lars Ostlund

Revista: Ambio (2019) 1-14

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Ecotonal zones between eastern semi-arid steppes and Nothofagus spp. forests in western Patagonia are the result of broad ecosystem changes, which have intensified in the last 140 years. Our objectives were to determine historical changes in land use, land cover, and forces driving such changes in Nothofagus ecosystems in the Río Verde district in southern Chile, to support future management recommendations. This interdisciplinary study used historical records including scientific and military expeditions, Landsat imagery, and other archival sources.

Seasonal hydroclimatic ensemble forecasts anticipate nutrient and suspended sediment loads using a dynamical-statistical approach

Año: 2019
Categoría: Hidrología, Modelación hidrológica, Recursos hídricos

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Seasonal hydroclimatic ensemble forecasts anticipate nutrient and suspended sediment loads using a dynamical-statistical approach

Autores: Sanjib Sharma, Heather Gall, Jorge Gironás, Alfonso Mejía

Revista: Environmental Research Letters (2019) 14(8) : 084016

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Abstract

Subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S) water quantity and quality forecasts are needed to support decision and policy making in multiple sectors, e.g. hydropower, agriculture, water supply, and flood control. Traditionally, S2S climate forecasts for hydroclimatic variables (e.g. precipitation) have been characterized by low predictability. Since recent next-generation S2S climate forecasts are generated using improved capabilities (e.g. model physics, assimilation techniques, and spatial resolution), they have the potential to enhance hydroclimatic predictions.

Estimating the Local Time of Emergence of Climatic Variables Using an Unbiased Mapping of GCMs. An Application in Semiarid and Mediterranean Chile

Año: 2019
Categoría: Cambio climático, Clima, Downscaling, Modelación climática

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Estimating the Local Time of Emergence of Climatic Variables Using an Unbiased Mapping of GCMs. An Application in Semiarid and Mediterranean Chile

Autores: Cristian Chadwick, Jorge Gironás, Sebastián Vicuña, Francisco Meza

Revista: Journal of Hydrometeorology (2019), Aceptado.

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The time at which climate change signal can be clearly distinguished from noise is known as Time of Emergence (ToE), and is typically detected by a General Circulation Model (GCM) signal-to-noise ratio exceeding a certain threshold. ToE is commonly estimated at large scales from GCMs, although management decisions and adaptation strategies are implemented locally.

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