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 socio-natural systems

I study the impacts and interactions of climate change and economic globalization in complex 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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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.