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Z_GIS Summer School 2012: "Climate Change in Mountain Regions: meta-disciplinary impacts, causes, consequences and mitigation and adaptation strategies"

June 25 - July 06, 2012

The vital importance of climate change for the existence of life on Earth is more and more recognised by society and meanwhile also underpinned by the work of numerous scientists. Coping with and adapting to climate change are  key challenges to a sustainable and balanced territorial development in the European mountain environment that requires joint transnational cooperation and action. Climate change implies the increase of Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and temperature as well as changed precipitation patterns. Any change of these important climate parameters has implications on the frequency and extent of water availability, natural hazards, tourism activities, ecological conditions of rivers and lakes, shifts of vegetation zones, etc. These impacts, uncertainties, risks, and vulnerabilities resulting from climate change have not only been analysed in various Alpine Space projects but also in other international mountain projects (e.g. from successive European Commission Framework Programmes, e.g. BramaTWinn, KultuRisk). However, there has been little synthesis work on impacts of climate change on tourism, water scarcity, spatial planning, forests, neither on permafrost environments nor on rivers and lakes. Moreover, a thorough interdisciplinary cross mountain analysis requires spatially and temporally concerted management actions in mountain regions. This process has only recently been started with the EEA Report for the Alps coordinated by Martin Price, our contact person at the Perth College, Scotland, and the Clim-ATIC initiative (    


Venue: Salzburg