Integrated Climate Research and Education: Central Andes Precipitation Project (ICECAP) is a five-year project initiated in the Spring of 2014 with funding support provided through the National Science Foundation. The project is part of a larger research effort in the tropical Andes Mountains led by researchers at Appalachian State University. ICECAP promotes collaborative interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach activities designed to advance scientific understanding of the multi-scale atmospheric processes responsible for precipitation delivery in the tropical Andes Mountains. Funding Source: AGS-1347179


  • Advancement of scientific understanding of precipitation processes in the tropical Andes
  • Citizen science and volunteer monitoring
  • Development of new observations and datasets
  • International collaborative activities
  • Integration of research and education through the Andean field education and research program
  • Student involvement in research
  • Kindergarten through 12th grade science and global learning activities.

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All research, education, and outreach activities build on the mission of Appalachian State University:

  • To resourcefully blend teaching and scholarship.
  • The project fosters global learning by involving a variety of partner organizations, both abroad and in the U.S.
  • Underrepresented groups from the tropical Andes Mountains and rural southern Appalachian Mountains have an opportunity to engage in citizen science and educational activities through local schools and partner organizations.
  • One undergraduate and one graduate student at Appalachian State University will be involved in all phases of the proposed project each year, providing them with valuable international research, outreach, and field experience.
  • The instrumentation and citizen science observations significantly expand the observational networks in a severely data-limited mountain region, providing an important long-term contribution to the atmospheric science community and providing critical data to validate numerical modeling experiments.
  • Broader scientific benefits include improved precipitation forecasts, increased scientific understanding of precipitation-climate-glacier interactions in the context of ongoing climate variability and change, and improved ice core-based reconstructions of past climates in tropical mountain environments.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number AGS-1347179. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.