Study Abroad

Climate Change, Glaciers, and Water Resources

Program Leaders: Dr. Derek Martin (, Dr. Mark Spond (

Program Dates: 2021 Trip Cancelled due to COVID-19

Program Description: Climate Change, Glaciers, and Water Resources introduces students to Andean Mountain Geography (GHY 3140) and Water Resources in the Tropical Andes (GHY 3530) through direct field experience and research activities, readings, discussions, and meetings with guest speakers. Field excursions to Machu Picchu and a 5-day trek in the Cordillera Vilcanota near Cusco will provide an outstanding setting for the study of Andean mountain geography and the impacts of climate variability and change on tropical glaciers, ecosystems, and human populations.

Courses: GHY 3140: Andean Mountain Geography (3), GHY 3530: Water Resources in the Tropical Andes (3)

For more information and to apply, see the Office of International Education and Development's Faculty-Led Programs page.

 2018 Trip Videos

In The News

March 15th, 2019. From the Appalachians to the Andes. Appalachian Today.

February 14th, 2017. Studying Precipitation Patterns. Appalachian Magazine.

October 7th, 2016. From General Education Geography Class to NOAA Scholarship. Appalachian Magazine.

June 28th, 2012. Scientists, Students and Quechua Community Partner to Understand Climate Change. Appalachian Magazine.