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Peruvian glaciers face large changes

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This paper explores past and projected data on tropical glaciers in Peru. Under future carbon dioxide scenarios very large changes can be expected in glacier extent in the Peruvian Andes. Even under the most optimistic scenario, glaciers are likely to continue shrinking considerably. As these critical stored water masses decline there are important implications for water resources in the region from mountain village communities to larger agricultural and urban concerns far downstream.