Limari River Basin Study Phase I - Central Chile - Current conditions, history and plans
For the SERIDAS project, the semiarid Central Chilean region was selected as its water bodies are highly modified to irrigate intensive agriculture and water resources availability is expected to decrease due to climate change triggered temperature rise and seasonal precipitation shifts. The drought prone agricultural areas are supplied with water from mountainous headwater catchments. Stream runoff in Central Chile mainly consists of snow melt, ablation of glaciers and rock glaciers and other melting
permafrost and ground ice (Arenson&Jakob 2010) which are especially vulnerable to climatic changes (Barnet et al., 2005; Bates et al., 2008).