Climate Change in the European Alps

Climate Change in the European Alps

Adapting Winter Tourism and Natural Hazards Management You do not have access to this content

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18 Jan 2007
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9789264031692 (PDF) ; 9789264031685 (print)

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This report assesses the implications of climate change on winter tourism and natural hazards management in the European Alps, with a particular focus on how these activities can adapt to climate change. The report presents the first systematic cross-country analysis of the effects of climate change on snow-reliability in the European Alps. It also examines the implications of climate change for a range of natural hazards prevalent in the Alps, with a particular focus on frameworks and financial mechanisms to manage natural hazards in three countries: France, Switzerland and Austria. Technological and behavioural adaptation measures, together with institutional structures and risk transfer mechanisms, are also reviewed.


Also available in: French, German
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Table of Contents

List of Acronmyms
Executive Summary
Chapter 1. the European Alps; Location, Economy, Climate
-Characteristics of Alpine Climate
-Observed Climate Trends
-Implications of Climate Change and Key Vulnerabilities
-Focus of the Remainder of this Report
Chapter 2. Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Winter Tourism
-The Impact of Climate Change on the Natural Snow-Reliability of the Alpine Ski Areas
-Adaptation Responses: Technological Options
-Behavioural Adaptations: Operational Practices, Financial Tools and New Business Models
-Discussion and Policy Options
Chapter 3. Cimate Change Adaptation and Natural Hazards Management
-Natural Hazards in the Alps: Overivew and Implications of Climate Change
-Synthesis of Key Vulnerabilities and Implications for Adaptation
-Harnessing Existing Mechanisms for Natural Hazards Management and Risk Transfer
-Enhancing the Robustness and Flexibility of Natural Hazards Management
-Discussion and Policy Implications