Climate Change in the European Alps: Adapting Winter Tourism and Natural Hazards Management

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Shardul Agrawala
OECD Publishing, Jan 22, 2007 - Science - 127 pages
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This report presents the first systematic cross-country analysis of the effects of climate change on snow-reliability in the European Alps. Following some of the warmest years on record in the last 500 years, climate model projections show even greater changes in the region in coming decades.  Less snow at low altitudes and receding glaciers and melting permafrost higher up will have a significant impact on snow tourism activities, and on the management of natural hazards.

The implications of the assessment extend beyond the European Alps to other mountain systems which may face similar climate and contextual challenges, for example in North America, Australia and New Zealand.


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