INAIGEM announces cooperation agreement and construction of Museum of Andean Mountains

T he Ohio State University in the US and the INAIGEM (National Institute of Research on Glaciers and Mountain Ecosystems) signed a cooperation agreement last month to carry out scientific studies on Mount Huascarán in the Cordillera Blanca, in the fields of glaciology, meteorology and climatology. The international scientific community has a growing interest in studying the climate of the Cordillera Blanca, and especially Mount Huascarán. Being Huascarán the highest mountain of Peru and the highest among the tropical ridges of the planet, its influence in the global climatic system and its temporal and spatial relationship with the El Niño phenomenon. The research is carried out at the Polar Research and Climate Research Center of Ohio State University in coordination with the INAIGEM. The cooperation agreement was signed by outstanding scientist and American professor Lonnie Thompson and the president of INAIGEM, Benjamin Morales Arnao.

From August the 6th to the 12th of last month, the INAIGEM completed the first scientific expedition to Mount Huascarán in order to collect from its summit meteorological records, the comparative measurement of its surface, the deposition of black carbon and the levels of pollution that could have affected the mountain. In addition, it is worth mentioning that on September the 19th, the Culture Commission of the Peruvian Congress, presided by Ancash parliamentarian Maria Melgarejo Paucar, unanimously approved draft Law Number 1051. This bill refers to the construction and implementation of a new museum in the city of Huaraz called Museo de las Montañas Andinas. The Museum of Andean Mountains will be a world reference on glaciers and mountain ecosystems and a centre of excellence for education in general. In addition, it should contribute to the scientific knowledge oriented to the formulation of conclusive modern policies, to the conservation of information on glaciology, history and its changes. It shall also promote Peru and the local tourism sector, thus generating an economic injection for the development of the high Andean towns.

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