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Ground penetrating radar investigations in Quebrada Montes, Lobitos, Peru

Lai Bun Lok1, Diego Almendrades2, Michael Alderson2, Alejandro Pizarro2, Andres Bustamante2, and John Shi3
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  • 1Lancaster University, Engineering, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (
  • 2EcoSwell Peru, Lobitos, Peru
  • 3University of Glasgow, School of Multidisciplinary Studies, Glasgow, UK

The dry equatorial forests in the north-western coast of Peru suffer from acute water stress and man-driven deforestation. Recent estimates indicate that the forests have reduced to approximately 10% of their original size. There are local reforestation efforts currently underway, for example to prevent the extinction of native species such as the Peruvian Plantcutter songbird (Phytotoma raimondii). However, irrigation needed to support such efforts is severely challenged by the issues of water scarcity in the region. These adverse effects are also being experienced at a local level by the nearby rural community in Lobitos.

The groundwater resources in Lobitos could potentially offer a solution to the above issues for the local community. However, a scientifically informed and sustainable method of mapping and utilising this resource is needed. To provide supporting evidence in this effort, an extensive ground penetrating radar survey was conducted using a commercial 80 MHz impulse radar to characterise the near subsurface within a 90 hectare plot called Ecológica Tallán, which is part of a natural dry water channel in Quebrada Montes and declared as an important conservation area for the district.

Through a pilot study between Lancaster University, EcoSwell Peru and University of Glasgow, we report on initial results from our ground penetrating radar survey to provide a better understanding of the subsurface characteristics in Quebrada Montes, Lobitos.


How to cite: Lok, L. B., Almendrades, D., Alderson, M., Pizarro, A., Bustamante, A., and Shi, J.: Ground penetrating radar investigations in Quebrada Montes, Lobitos, Peru, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-13645,, 2020