One of the most important activities in Argentina was the thorough development of regional inventories of Andean rock glaciers, which were associated with Andean river basins, and according to federal law to protect glaciers, covered glaciers and rock glaciers. Thus the provinces of Mendoza and San Juan show their wealth of creeping mountain permafrost. Working steps in the inventory in these cases are well advanced. In other cases as in the province of Chubut, in the Southern or Humid Andes, cryoforms occurrences are not outstanding. Data and information that is coming from this mentioned Inventory are submitted to the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS).
Figure 1. In blue glaciers and in brown covered glaciers and rock glaciers or active rock glaciers (Cordón del Plata, Mendoza).
While the doctoral thesis of Lucas Ruiz -about a statistical model of mountain permafrost distribution based on measured BTS (Bottom Temperature of Snow cover) in the Andes of the Northwestern Chubut- was successfully presented at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, new works in periglacial environments of the Andes of Mendoza and San Juan have begun.
Estefanía Bottegal continues with her doctoral thesis about cryodynamics. Noelia Sileo began hydrogeochemical investigations of groundwater and surface water related to covered glaciers and rock glaciers in the basin of the Vallecitos river, Cordón del Plata Mountains range, Mendoza. The results will be presented as a doctoral thesis at the University of Buenos Aires. Carla Tapia Baldis began with analyses of the hydrological significance of cryoforms in the Espinacito Belt (32° to 32°20’S and 69°45’ to 70°O), Calingasta region, San Juan. These studies will be presented as a future doctoral thesis at the Universidad National de San Juan.
Two new joint research projects of the Geocryology Unit (Dr. Dario Trombotto ) at the IANIGLA institute, Mendoza, were approved and will begin in 2014: 1) CMIRA, in collaboration with Dr. Xavier Bodin of the Laboratoire EDYTEM - CNRS - Environnements, Dynamiques et Territoires de la Montagne, Université de Savoie (France), and 2) a project with the Altai State University (Barnaul), Siberia, Rusia, with the participation of Dr. Oleg Ostanin, Ph. D., Head of the Department of Physical Geography and GIS.
At the University of Waterloo, G. Azócar developed a model of potential permafrost distribution in the semiarid Chilean Andes in his Master’s research supervised by A. Brenning.
Report prepared by Dario Trombotto (firstname.lastname@example.org)