The open access journal Frontiers features a new compilation of over 10 articles submitted to the Research Topic ‘Connecting Mountain Hydroclimate Through the American Cordilleras,’ co-edited by MRI Science Leadership Council member Bryan Mark, alongside co-editors Alfonso Fernandez (University of Concepción, Chile) and Michel Baraer (École de technologie supérieure, Canada).

While scientists are aware of the vulnerability of mountain areas to climate change, much of the current data focuses on specific sub-regions. Research that encompasses different hemispheres such as the Sierra Nevada in the United States and the Central-South Andes of Chile and Argentina, for example, could provide valuable insights into the challenges that these similar mountain regions face.

“The American Cordillera is the longest mountain range on Earth, and transects a huge range of latitude,” says Mark. “Fluxes of water link many interrelated processes, both biophysical and social. We invited researchers to contribute broadly from across this complex geography to consider how mountain hydroclimate manifests in different locations as a way of not only exploring variability, patterns and forcings, but also highlighting unique features and common challenges.”

This compilation includes the following articles:

High Impact Weather Events in the Andes
German Poveda , Jhan Carlo Espinoza , Manuel D. Zuluaga, Silvina A Solman and Rene Garreaud

Detecting the effects of sustained glacier wastage on streamflow in variably glacierized catchments
Robert Daniel Moore , Ben Pelto , Brian Menounos and David Hutchinson

Climatological and Hydrological Observations for the South American Andes: In situ Stations, Satellite, and Reanalysis Data Sets
Thomas Condom , Rodney Martínez, José Daniel Pabón , Felipe Costa , Luis Pineda , Juan Jose Nieto, Freddy López and Marcos Villacis

A review of the current state and recent changes of the Andean cryosphere
Mariano Masiokas , Antoine Rabatel , Andres Rivera , Lucas Ruiz , Pierre Pitte , Jorge Luis Ceballos , Gonzalo Barcaza, Alvaro Soruco and Francisca Bown

 Hydroclimate of the Andes Part I: Main Climatic Features
Jhan Carlo Espinoza , René Garreaud , Germán Poveda , Paola A. Arias , Jorge Molina-Carpio , Mariano Masiokas , Maximiliano Viale and Lucia Scaff

Observed and Projected Hydroclimate Changes in the Andes
José Daniel Pabón-Caicedo , Paola A. Arias , Andrea F. Carril , Jhan Carlo Espinoza , Lluís Fita Borrel , Katerina Goubanova , Waldo Lavado-Casimiro , Mariano Masiokas , Silvina Solman and Ricardo Villalba

Corrigendum: High Resolution Mapping of Ice Mass Loss in the Gulf of Alaska From Constrained Forward Modeling of GRACE Data
Cheick Doumbia , Pascal Castellazzi , Alain N. Rousseau and Macarena Amaya

Future Meteorological Droughts in Ecuador: Decreasing Trends and Associated Spatio-Temporal Features Derived From CMIP5 Models
Lenin Campozano , Daniela Ballari , Martin Montenegro and Alex Avilés

Mass Balance and Climate History of a High-Altitude Glacier, Desert Andes of Chile
Christophe Kinnard , Patrick Ginot , Arzhan Surazakov, Shelley MacDonell, Lindsey Nicholson, Nicolas Patris , Antoine Rabatel , Andres Rivera and Francisco A. Squeo

High Resolution Mapping of Ice Mass Loss in the Gulf of Alaska From Constrained Forward Modeling of GRACE Data
Cheick Doumbia , Pascal Castellazzi , Alain N. Rousseau and Macarena Amaya

Projected Changes to Extreme Runoff and Precipitation Events From a Downscaled Simulation Over the Western United States
Melissa L. Wrzesien and Tamlin M. Pavelsky

A Socio-Hydrological Perspective on Recent and Future Precipitation Changes Over Tropical Montane Cloud Forests in the Andes
Fausto O. Sarmiento and Gabriel J. Kooperman

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