Huascarán: Peru's highest mountain and largest natural water tower, Santa River basin.  © Adam French

Huascarán: Peru's highest mountain and largest natural water tower, Santa River basin.  ©Adam French

Global change in hydro-social systems

I study the impacts and interactions of climate change and economic globalization on hydro-social systems (e.g. large watersheds), examining how these processes influence hydrologic regimes and ecosystems, generate new risks and resource pressures across sectors, and restructure resource governance. In this work, I employ mixed methods and collaborate with a transdisciplinary team to analyze the biophysical and social drivers of specific global change processes and their effects on resource users, institutions, and environments across geographic and temporal scales.

Representative Publications

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Mark, B., French, A., et al. (2017) Glacier loss and hydro-social risks in the Peruvian Andes. Global and Planetary Change, 159: 61-76.

French, A. et al. (2016) Coyuntura Crítica: Cambio climático, globalización, y la doble exposición del sistema socio-hidrológico de la cuenca del Río Santa, Perú (written in Spanish by first author). In Julio Postigo and Kenneth Young (eds.), Perspectivas Socio-Ecológicas, Actividades Productivas y Cambios Globales en América Latina. Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos.

Carey, M. ... French, A. et al., (2014) Toward Hydro-Social Modeling: Merging Human Variables and the Social Sciences with Climate-Glacier Runoff Models (Santa River, Peru)Journal of Hydrology, 518: 60-70.  

Bury, J., ... French, A., & Polk, M. (2013) New Geographies of Water under Climate Change in Peru: Coupled Natural and Social Transformations in the Santa River WatershedAnnals of the Association of American Geographers, 103 (2): 363-74.

French, A. & Arenas, M. (eds.).  (2013) Los Impactos del Cambio Global en las Áreas Naturales Protegidas y sus Zonas de Influencia: el Caso del Parque Nacional Huascarán y la Cuenca del Río Santa (written in Spanish). Las Areas Naturales Protegidas Informan (SERNANP) #1.

Bury, J., ... French, A. et al. (2011Glacier Recession and Human Vulnerability in the Yanamarey Watershed, PeruClimatic Change, 105: 179-206.

Mark, B., ... French, A. et al. (2010) Climate Change and Tropical Andean Glacier Recession: Evaluating Hydrologic Change and Human Vulnerability in the Cordillera Blanca, PeruAnnals of the Association of American Geographers, Special Issue on Climate Change, 100 (4): 1-12.

French, A. & Bury, J. (2009) Livelihoods at Risk: Agricultural Viability and Converging Climatic and Economic Change in the Central Andes. Mountain Forum Bulletin, Vol. IX, # 1.