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Retreating Glaciers and Toxic Rivers: disentangling the history of water quality in the deglaciating Peruvian Andes - MScR in Global Environmental Challenges


Project Description

About the Project
Peru holds >70% of the world’s tropical glaciers, all of which have undergone high rates of mass loss in the last three decades due to changing climate. In the Cordillera Blanca (Peru), many rivers have become toxic as the ice has retreated, displaying high acidity and heavy metal concentrations. This is becoming an issue for water supply to local populations and croplands. This project is part of a wider UK-Peruvian collaborative research project and aims to employ scientific/ethnographic data and historical archives to contribute to current knowledge of when, how and why Peruvian glacier-fed rivers became toxic. This is a unique inter-disciplinary project traversing the disciplines of glaciology, hydrology, history and language to enrich our understanding of Peru’s evolving toxic rivers.

Why Choose this Opportunity
You will have the opportunity to join a field trip to the Peruvian Andes and to meet with local experts (suitable experience permitting)

About You
A background in History, Latin American Studies and/or Geography (including a flair for the interpretation of both qualitative and quantitative data) would be advantageous, as would a strong grasp of Spanish. To participate in fieldwork, some prior outdoor experience is required.

About the programme
The Cabot Institute Masters by Research is a unique opportunity to work with a leading supervisor to deliver a one-year research project that you are passionate about. The programme will bring together exceptional students from all backgrounds with a common mission – protecting the planet and securing our future. As well as learning from your supervisor, you will learn from your fellow students; coming together to share your ideas and developing your problem-solving skills as part of an interdisciplinary team over the year. As well as being hosted within the Cabot Institute you will have a direct relationship within the relevant School for your research area, allowing you to fully take advantage of a wide-ranging research community.
Alongside your research project, you will benefit from a unique personal development and transferable skills training schedule. These unaccredited, optional events will give you the opportunity to come together with your peers to improve your research skills and develop an innovative approach to the global challenges we face today. You will also be encouraged to propose your own interests for a seminar series, giving you a unique platform to mould your studies and get involved directly with the programme. The training schedule will focus on:
• Interdisciplinarity & Collaboration
• Innovation & Enterprise
• Making your research a success
• Research communications
• Ignite your interests (your chance to propose ideas for a seminar series)
You will also gain access to the Cabot Institute’s network of experts across academia, government, business and industry via networking events. These opportunities will not only support your research, but give you the edge in your future career, whatever that may be.

Funding Notes

Programme fees per year:
UK/EU Full time £6950, Part time £3560
Overseas Full time £21700, Part time £11100

How good is research at University of Bristol in Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology?
Geography

FTE Category A staff submitted: 46.45

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