Research Group on

Environment and Climate

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

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.

An updated version of the summary on the #chamolidisaster, recently complied by @eclim_ ... members an the Chamoli ad-hoc working group, is available on the GAPHAZ website:

Recent article of the #chamoli event and some broader context from @GenevaSolutions with ... contributions from Holger Frey of @eclim_

Since Sunday, members of @eclim_ are involved in the efforts of the scientific community... to collect data & info on the #chamoli disaster in Uttarakhand, India. We're in exchange with our colleagues from the SDC Delhi office @SwissEmbassyIND and @ndmaindia

Featured in the News

Study identifies danger glacial lakes across Tibetan Plateau
Local Experts for Global Reports
The world's highest mountains hold vital climate change lessons
"Humans and climate change stories": Pérou, Andes tropicales en danger
Read All

Our partners

Supported by