Research Group on

Environment and Climate

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

Want to learn more about Randy's #PhD project and career path? Read our #whoswho ...interview from October 2021. #adaption #water #Andes

congrats to Randy Muñoz, successfully mastered the phd defense and graduated on adaptive... water management in the andes of peru! a great pleasure to have you as a group member!

Reciprocity in the Andes. Potato harvesting involves a lot of hard work and here 10 ...people are cooperating on someone’s field. Later, they will be paid of with labor in their own fields. Ayni, how is it called in Quechua, has been practiced for hundreds of years. #ayni #potato

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.