Research Group on

Environment and Climate

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

Extreme weather events such as concurrent drought and heat have a greater impact on the ...economy and society than previously thought. Risk analysis must be more systematic, and sectors and countries must cooperate more. @uzh_geo @UZH_Science

🌎 Relatively minor events (when regarded independently), can have far reaching ...consequences for, and potentially destabilise critical systems, for example causing global trade instability. - Laura Niggli

✏🔥 New highly relevant article out in @PLOSClimate by @eclim_ Laura Niggli and
"Cascading and interconnected risks from concurrent weather extremes":

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.