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A first National Inventory of Future Glacier Lakes: implications for water and risk management in Peru

The following article presents the construction and usefulness of a first National Inventory of Future Glacier Lakes in the Peruvian Andes for new pathways of water and risk management.

Introduction

Anticipating new lake formations represents an important step towards the identification of both, new possible water storage options and potential hazards. This is particularly crucial in the Peruvian Andes where water scarcity is a common, and, most likely, an increasing issue, particularly in the dry season (May-September) when (dwindling) glacier contribution to river streamflow represents a major component of water supply.