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Information on this call is available in French language at

In 2009, CIRCLE-2 MOUNT partners were responsible for the launch of the third CIRCLE joint call dedicated to the theme "Climate change impacts (natural and anthropogenic factors) and response options in mountainous areas".

Mountains are an important part of the global system. Because of their vertical extent, climate varies with elevation and thus differs from those in adjacent lowland areas. Their verticality also generates habitat and species diversity over short horizontal distances.

Undoubtedly, global change and climate change in particular may change the capacity of mountain landscapes to generate wealth and to provide livelihood for resident populations and for distant but nonetheless dependant populations.

Such impacts will add further environmental pressures on both social and natural systems in these regions, stressing the need to promptly conduct proactive climate adaptation plans.

Due to its transnational relevance, climate change response policies in mountainous areas must emphasis multilateral research efforts that are able to include the biophysical, social, cultural and economic aspects of these regions. Research on climate adaptation in these areas, including its socio-economic aspects, are thus of prime interest for several European countries with relevant mountainous systems.

CIRCLE-2 MOUNT is dedicated to support the assessment of needs related to climate change and adaptation in countries with strong ties to mountain systems, promoting research cooperation in scientific and policy areas in and around Europe. CIRCLE-2 MOUNT is currently supported by research funding organisations from Austria, France, Greece, Hungary, Sweden, Spain and Turkey.




2009 Septemper CIRCLE-2 MOUNT launches its first joint call for research proposals.
2010 May CIRCLE-2 presented in the Global Change Research in Mountain Regions Workshop - of the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) by Spatial Planning in the Alpine Space (CLISP) - see presentation 
2011 February CIRCLE-2 MOUNT research projects Kick-off - Chambery, France. Presentations Available

CIRCLE-2 Policy Brief#2 - MOUNTain Areas

CIRCLE-2 presented in the Global Change Research in Mountain Regions Workshop - of the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI)- see presentation

  July CIRCLE-2 MOUNTain French website - launched
  August International Symposium on CLIMATE CHANGE IN HIGH MOUNTAIN REGIONS "From understanding of the past towards modelling of the future"
  December Public event "Why we care about mountains - from the Alps and the Carpathians to the Hindu-Kush and Himalaya region"
2012 March Mid-Term Meeting - Innsbruck, Austria - Presentations and Policy Brief
  December Launched a dedicated volume to "125 Years of High-Mountain Research at Sonnblick Observatory (Austrian Alps)"
2013 January INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY 2012 - Climate change and the need for adaptation: Markus Leitner - Presentation
  June Swiss-Austrian Mountain Days Meeting (Austria) - CIRCLE-2 MOUNT present - presentation
  September CIRCLE-2 MOUNTain Final Meeting - Event

INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY 2013 – Alpine Space - Climate change and the need for adaptation - Presentation

Funded projects - 1st Call

The following four projects have been selected for funding:




Assessment of Risks on transportation Networks resulting from slope Instability and Climate change in the Alps
Lead: Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (France)


CArbon dynamics in Mountain Ecosystems: analyzing Landscape-scale Effects Of aNthropogenic changes (climate and land-use)

Lead: Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement - Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (France)

  • ChangingRISKS

Changing pattern of landslide risks as response to global changes in mountain areas.

Lead: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique / Institut de Physique du Globe de Strasbourg (France)


Impact of climate change and related glacier hazards and mitigation strategies in the European Alps, Swedish Lapland and the Tien Shan Mountains, Central Asia

Lead: Department of Environmental Geosciences, University of Vienna (Austria)


Poster: EurAsClimpact in Chambery2011 - Poster


Alpine Convention 

The Carpathian Convention  

AdaptAlp - Adaptation to Climate Change in the Alpine Space

ALP FFIRS - Alpine Forest FIre waRning System

ALPSTAR - Towards carbon neutral Alps - Make best practice minimum standard

C3-Alps - Capitalising Climate Change Knowledge for Adaptation in the Alpine Space

ClimAlpTour - Climate Change and its Impact on Tourism in the Alpine Space

CLISP - Climate Change Adaptation by Spatial Planning in the Alpine Space

MANFRED - Management strategies to adapt Alpine Space forests to climate change risks

PermaNET - Permafrost Long-Term Monitoring Network

SILMAS - Sustainable Instruments for Lakes Management in the Alpine Space

Mountain Research Initiative

Commission Internationale pour la Protection des Alpes

Alliance in the Alps

Alpine space programme

Research Agenda for the Carpathians 2010 - 2015