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The GLORIA-Andes Network was established in 2008 in order to assess the impacts of climate change, particularly global warming, on vegetation and floristic diversity of high mountains ecosystems along the Andes through a periodic, comparative and standardized monitoring system. The Network is linked to the global GLORIA initiative, launched in 2002 by the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Measurement of installation distances in Saltuni with the help of the climber Martín Apaza >


Snowy Antisana, Ecuador


GLORIA – Andes in numbers

The GLORIA – Andes network extends along 7000 km, from Cordillera de Merida in Venezuela to Patagonia in Argentina, covering an altitudinal range of 4900 m, from 600 m asl in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, to 5500m asl in Sibinacocha, Perú. The network is currently working in 19 pilot sites, monitoring 74 summits and more than 1300 1m2 plots and its members include 40 researchers from 16 institutions. Up to now, 848 species of vascular plants have been recorded along the Andean region, belonging to 76 botanical families.

Sibinacocha re-measurement of RitiTika summit year 2019, Photo Karina Yager


Vicuna in Apolobamba, Photo Alejandra Domic

Key Achievements

Strengthening and growth of the GLORIA-Andes Network, including the major environmental gradients and ecosystems present along the high Andes (~7000 km distance, ~ 5000 m elevation, ~ 850 species of vascular plants).

Integration and systematization of all information in a digital database, that includes information about vegetation dynamics, metadata of sites, summits and plots, climate records and plant functional traits.

The network produced 19 publications which include five standardized measurement protocols, two books, three book chapters, seven scientific articles and two dissemination articles.

Incorporation to the network of three new sites during 2019; two in Patagonia, Argentina (Tierra del Fuego and Santa Cruz) and the first GLORIA site in Chile (Reserva Nacional Río Clarillo).