Academic Venture Fund - 2013

An Environmental Flows Framework for the Andes

River flowing through the Andes

Flowing waters from tropical mountains sustain a substantial part of the world's population. These resources are poorly understood, despite growing regional demand for water. Cornell researchers will develop a hydrologic database for the tropical Andes to promote environmentally sound water policy for riverine biodiversity and ecosystem services. They will organize a working group in Ecuador, bringing together water experts from universities, government agencies, and nonprofits to assess coming changes and vulnerabilities in Andean running waters and develop standards for environmental flows in tropical mountain regions.

Investigators: Alexander Flecker, Todd Walter, William Fisher, Gregory Poe