June 21, 2011
Climate change threatens a fragile ecosystem in the Andes


Daniel Ruiz Carrascal
Graduate Research Assistant
International Research Institute for Climate and Society
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Lamont Associate Research Professor, Senior Staff

The páramo is a high mountain ecosystem in South America's Andes rich with biodiversity and an important source of water for millions of people. It's at risk of becoming drier because of changing climate conditions. Our latest slideshow documents the efforts of IRI's Daniel Ruiz Carrascal and an international team of researchers who have been measuring how the environment of the páramo is changing over time.