Articles | Volume 16, issue 5
Brief communication
10 May 2022
Brief communication |  | 10 May 2022

Brief communication: A framework to classify glaciers for water resource evaluation and management in the Southern Andes

Nicole Schaffer and Shelley MacDonell

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Short summary
Over the last 2 decades the importance of Andean glaciers, particularly as water resources, has been recognized in both scientific literature and the public sphere. This has led to the inclusion of glaciers in environmental impact assessment and the development of glacier protection laws. We propose three categories that group glaciers based on their environmental sensitivity to hopefully help facilitate the effective application of these measures and evaluation of water resources in general.