Research Group on

Environment and Climate

An interdisciplinary perspective
on climate impacts, risks and adaptation
in mountainous regions

GAPHAZ has a session “Glacier and permafrost risks in high mountains under climate ... change: from process understanding to disaster risk management” on International Mountain Conference, 11- 15 Sep. 2022 in Innsbruck, Austria. Abstracts deadline 16 February.

On #InternationalDayofEducation, we invite you to take a look back at our series of MRI ... Anniversary Lectures to learn from experts on topics ranging from #NatureBasedSolutions in #OurChangingMountains to effective scientific English.



Are you a journalist planning to cover the release of @IPCC_CH Working Group II's report ... on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability in the end of February?
Make sure to register here so that you get access to the embargoed materials:
#ClimateReport #IPCC

What we do

The EClim group investigates risks, impacts and adaptation options to climate change, focusing on mountain regions and its people throughout the world.

Our research integrates natural and social science disciplines to understand how environmental and socio-environmental systems respond to climate change.

We aim to produce actionable and solution-oriented knowledge, and we collaborate with stakeholders from practice and policy.


Who we are

Based at the Department of Geography of the University of Zurich and the Department of Geosciences of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), we are a multi-disciplinary team. We are geographers, climate scientists and social scientists, who bring experience and expertise in climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, climate policy advice and capacity building.


Where we work

Our group has research collaborations across the globe and conducts research with a focus in the Andes, the Alps, the Himalayas, and Central Asia. Our work is multi-disciplinary and cross-sectoral, ranging from local to regional to global scale.

Explore the map to see where we work and our projects at each location.