Regional manifestations of the Anthropocene: The case of Chile 


Collection launched: 3 May, 2018

Principal Investigator

Laura Gallardo, Center for Climate and Resilience Research; Departamento de Geofísica, Facultad de Ciencias Físicas y Matemáticas, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, CL

The Anthropocene as an epoch has been extensively characterized at the global scale. However, facing its adverse regional manifestations requires of improved understanding of local and regional aspects. As the world at large, in Chile one finds multiple geo-historical records of large-scale perturbations of the natural environment that identify the emergence of a new geological era. Also, accelerated urbanization and land use changes, in addition to distinct anthropogenic disturbances on climate that result in drying and warming trends where ca. 90% of the population concentrates, as well as on the Chile-Peru upwelling system, pose challenges to the country’s sustainability. Still, opportunities and ways forward also appear. The analysis of the many challenges and opportunities at stake for Chile, constitute relevant information for other countries in the region and elsewhere in the world to face the new epoch. This set of articles highlights regional manifestations of the Anthropocene in Chile, and synthesize science and policy relevant information. 

Additional articles under review

Collection Articles

Research Article
Evolution of air quality in Santiago: The role of mobility and lessons from the science-policy interface
Laura Gallardo, Francisco Barraza, Andrés Ceballos, Mauricio Galleguillos, Nicolás Huneeus, Fabrice Lambert, Cecilia Ibarra, Marcela Munizaga, Raúl O'Ryan, Mauricio Osses, Sebastián Tolvett, Anahí Urquiza, Karina D. Véliz

Research Article
Insight into anthropogenic forcing on coastal upwelling off south-central Chile
Catalina Aguirre, Sebastian García-Loyola, Giovanni Testa, Diego Silva, Laura Farias

Policy Bridge
Climate change governance in the Anthropocene: Emergence of Polycentrism in Chile
Rodrigo Antonio Arriagada, Paulina Aldunce, Gustavo Blanco, Cecilia Ibarra, Pilar Moraga, Laura Nahuelhual, Raul O'Ryan, Anahí Urquiza, Laura Gallardo

Research Article
Anthropogenic drying in central-southern Chile evidenced by long-term observations and climate model simulations
Juan P. Boisier, Camila Alvarez-Garretón, Raúl R. Cordero, Alessandro Damiani, Laura Gallardo, René D. Garreaud, Fabrice Lambert, Cinthya Ramallo, Maisa Rojas, Roberto Rondanelli

Research Article
Anthropocene and streamflow: Long-term perspective of streamflow variability and water rights
Pilar Barria, Maisa Rojas, Pilar Moraga, Ariel Muñoz, Deniz Bozkurt, Camila Alvarez

Geohistorical records of the Anthropocene in Chile
Eugenia M. Gayo, Virginia B. McRostie, Roberto Campbell, Carola Flores, Antonio Maldonado, Mauricio Uribe-Rodriguez, Patricio I. Moreno, Calogero M. Santoro, Duncan A. Christie, Ariel A. Muñoz, Laura Gallardo