Areas of Research

AndesPeat positions itself in the intersection between social and natural science. Through this project, we look to put a focus on Critical Physical Geography, that harmonizes critical attention to social relations with the biophysical conditions that sustain it. We integrate ethnographic methods and institutional analysis with studies of the biophysical characteristics of nature to understand to socio-environmental transformations of the bofedales. 

Observation of the Earth

We focus on the use of remote sensing techniques and analysis of a series of time to evaluate the temporal-space changes in the bofeladas. Through the collection and gathering of satellite data, we aim to measure changes in the distribution, health, and productivity of the bofeladas. We can identify patterns and tendencies over time and better understand the factors that influence the transformation of the bofeladas. This focus allows us to obtain valuable information about the dynamic of the ecosystems and how these change in response to natural and human factors.

Team

Roberto Chávez

Climate and ecological

In AndesPeat’s climate and ecological research area, we aim to evaluate the long-term ecological transformation of the bofedales through analysis of the botanical composition and paleo-ecological studies. Moreover, we aim to determine the impact of the observed changes in precipitation and the temperates of the bofedales, and evaluate scenarios in different timescales (seasonal and decadal) to understand how the bofedales can be affected by climate change in the future.

Team

Adriana Aránguiz

Oliver Meseguer

Governance

The governance research area at AndesPeat has the objective of analyzing the institutionalism associated with management of the bofedales and determine the impacts that environmental governance has on these ecosystems. In this investigation, we adopt a focus on environmental justice to analyze both the conflicts around these ecosystems as well as more general regulations associated with water and the wetlands. We hope to design more effective management methods to guarantee the protection of the bofedales, taking into account the socioeconomic, cultural, and environmental factors that influence their conservation.   

Team

Verónica Delgado 

Dominique Hervé

Epistemology

In the epistemology research area, we analyze the diverse ways of knowledge in the management and use of the bofedales, with an emphasis on the perspectives and techniques of those who practice livestock farming and herding. We also aim to understand their relationship with scientific and technical approximations of the bofedales. By documenting and analyzing diverse forms of knowledge, we can identify the strength and weaknesses of the current focuses of management to guarantee the protection and sustainability of bofedales, also considering the political and historical factors that have influenced their management.

Team

Mónica Meza

Manuel Prieto