About us

Climate change poses unprecedented challenges and risks to society. However, climate impacts and associated risks are often not sufficiently understood, which ultimately hinders the design and implementation of adaptation measures.
Our research group investigates a variety of climate impacts with a particular focus on mountain and cryosphere systems. We study impacts and associated risks over a large range of space and time: from analyzing impacts in the past and its attribution to climate change to projections into the future. A main focus of current research and projects lies in the Andes, Alps and Himalayas.
The research of our group is undertaken in the context of national and international climate and environmental policy, and collaborates with national governments and international organizations, typically with an adaptation and risk reduction perspective. Several ongoing projects furthermore involve collaborations among universities in the Andes and Himalayan countries.

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Recent publications:
Contribution of Earth Observation to landslide early warning pdf
Technical Guidance Document for the Assessment of Glacier and Permafrost Hazards in Mountain Regions pdf
The El Niño phenomenon and related impacts pdf
Differentiating regions for adaptation financing: the role of global vulnerability and risk distributions pdf
New developments in climate information pdf