Impacts of glacier retreat in the Peruvian Andes on river water quality
About the project or challenge area
Peruvian glaciers, like most tropical glaciers, have witnessed high rates of mass loss over the last 30 years due to warming temperatures and changing precipitation. While the consequent impacts upon the quantity of melt released are becoming better studied, impacts on water quality are poorly understood. Recent studies indicate a shift of river water chemistries towards acidic conditions with high metal toxicity, which has been linked to the retreat of glaciers over sedimentary rocks with a high metal sulphide content. This project forms part of a wider UK/Peruvian study, and aims to analyse the chemistries of several rivers draining Peruvian glaciers to ascertain controls on the inferred evolutionary pathway to toxicity.
Why choose this opportunity?
You will have the opportunity to take part in a fully-funded trip to the Peruvian Andes to undertake data collection (suitable experience permitting).
Some prior study of chemistry and chemical weathering, previous field and laboratory experience.
How to apply
All students can apply using the button below, following the Masters by Research Admissions Statement (PDF, 187kB). Please note that this is an advertised project, which means you only have to complete Section A of the Masters by Research Statement Template (Office document, 68kB).
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