Climate Change and Water in Mountains: A Global Concern

LocationGeneva, Lake Geneva region, Switzerland
CategoryEnvironment
typeCourse

What is climate change? How are mountain regions affected by the evolution of water resources and their uses? What kind of risks need to be considered?

Mountains are recognized as particularly sensitive physical environments where intense and rapid changes have in the past, and may increasingly in the future, place pressure on their resource base. In this context, a team of roughly 100 experts worked from 2008 to 2013 for the European ACQWA project ( ?url=www.acqwa.ch&module=edu&id=1626" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?url=www.acqwa.ch&module=edu&id=1626" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.acqwa.ch ) which was coordinated by the University of Geneva. The primary objectives of the project were to assess the impacts of a changing climate on the quantity and quality of water originating in mountain regions, particularly where snow- and ice melt represent a large, sometimes the largest, streamflow component. A further objective of the project was to determine the potential disruptions to water-dependent economic activities related to the climate impacts on hydrological systems, and to propose a portfolio of possible adaptation strategies.

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