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Mountain Research

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.

Source: Environment Agency Austria/Felderer, 2011


Lines of Evidence

Expert Views

Experts opinion about the Area of Interest giving an overview of the priority of this area.
  • Ingebord AUER (ZAMG Austria) [READ MORE]
  • Hartmut GRAßL (Former Director of the Max-Plank Institute, Germany and consultant of the Bavarian Government) [READ MORE]
  • Martin PRICE (Director of the Centre for Mountain Studies) and Gregory GREENWOOD (MRI Executive Director) [READ MORE]

CIRCLE-2 Ongoing activities

The CIRCLE-2 past activities that were related with the area. [READ MORE]

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