CECs, Centro de Estudios Científicos (Center for Scientific Studies) is a private, non-profit corporation, devoted to the development, promotion and diffusion of scientific research. CECs was founded in 1984 as the Center for Scientific Studies of Santiago and has since been directed by physicist Claudio Bunster.

“If you plan to make a voyage of discovery, choose a ship of small draught”
Captain James Cook rejecting the large ships offered by the Admiralty for the search of a new continent.


Scientists measure volume of water contained in Villarrica Volcano glaciers

Measurements and scientific findings will serve to improve assessments of risk to the population close to the massif, and will also improve emergency plans against new volcanic eruptions




In a collaborative work with the Bavarian Academy of Sciences of Germany and the Universidad Mayor, researchers from the Glaciology laboratory of the Center for Scientific Studies have found using airborne radar and laser measurements that the Villarrica Volcano (39° S) accumulated a total of 1.17 ± 0.1 km3 water-equivalent in 2012, which corresponds to 37 % of the estimated volume in 1961. This decline is explained by the reduction in glacier surface area and ice thinning in the past 51 years. The research results were recently published in Natural Hazards.  



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