Climate change and shifts in rural agriculture are deeply impacting vulnerability to glacial melt and water availability in the Central Andes of Peru. This issue creates an opportunity to establish regional monitoring systems for climate and water.
Two Tufts Water Diplomacy | IGERT students, Kevin Smith and Laura Read, are working on developing mobile apps for students, NGOs, and community members to use in the field. Mobile phones are a familiar technology that can act as a catalyst for citizen science and serve as a tool to increase knowledge and awareness of these changes.
The team has begun pilot testing in several communities in Peru through two local NGOs, The Mountain Institute and AguaEDU, and is working with an existing Engineers Without Borders project to install field weather stations and implement training workshops. They expect to continue working on various applications of this framework based on the local water needs of communities.