Science in Patagonia
Few places in the world are connected to as many scientific questions as Patagonia. From climate change to hydroelectric dams, geology to glaciology, conservation to forestry, Patagonia is a living laboratory.
The Patagonian Icefields offer a window into tens of thousands of years of climate history. Leading scientists come from around the world to study Patagonia's glaciers, with logistical and cultural support from PAEX.
The Baker and Pascua Rivers have both been the subject of hydroelectric dam proposals, sparking a global conversation about the costs and benefits of damming two of the world's last great wild rivers. PAEX is actively involved in the ongoing Patagonia Sin Represas (Patagonia Without Dams) campaign, and has contributed research on the potential devastating consequences should the dam proposals succeed.
Aysén is also home to some of the world's leading conservation, restoration, and re-wilding projects. Rehabilitation of native huemul, guanaco, puma, condor, and rhea species are all underway in the region, making it a fascinating place to study the successes and setbacks involved in these sorts of projects. Aysén is also a spectacular location for ornithological study; there are numerous species endemic to the region, and many other migratory birds that make for fantastic viewing.
PAEX works extensively with student groups, maintaining an official convenio (agreement of understanding) with Chile's Universidad Austral. We have also welcomed student groups from high schools and universities across the US. Please contact PAEX if you are interested in bringing a student group to Patagonia.
Scientific Research Expeditions
PAEX regularly partners with scientists from around the globe who need logistical and methodological support for research projects on the Patagonian Ice Fields. We also actively monitor and maintain measuring stations on the Colonia Glacier. Please contact us if you are interested in pursuing research with logistical assistance from PAEX.
Video Footage from a Student Group Visit: