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Impacts of climate change on snow, ice, and permafrost in Europe: observed trends, future projections, and socio- economic relevance


Voigt, T; Füssel, H M; Gärtner-Roer, I; Huggel, C; Marty, C; Zemp, M (2011). Impacts of climate change on snow, ice, and permafrost in Europe: observed trends, future projections, and socio- economic relevance. Bilthoven NL: European Topic Centre on Air and Climate Change ETC/ACC.

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This paper was elaborated by more than 50 scientists from three dozen research institutions and agencies all over Europe. It provides key messages and graphs supported by thorough and more technical reviews of the corresponding scientific state of knowledge. The paper can help to address the information needs of a wide audience, including policy-makers at the European, national and sub-national level, non-governmental organizations, and the wider public.

The analysis of the state of the cryosphere in Europe is based on in-situ and remote sensing observations, and modelling. The paper covers Svalbard, Iceland, Scandinavia, the European Alps, the Tatra Mountains, the Pyrenees, as well as the Baltic Sea. It assesses the primary impact of climate change on the cryospheric components such as snow cover, glaciers and ice caps, permafrost, lake and river ice, and sea ice; as well as related secondary impacts on avalanches, landslides and rock slope failures, and glacier floods.

Abstract

This paper was elaborated by more than 50 scientists from three dozen research institutions and agencies all over Europe. It provides key messages and graphs supported by thorough and more technical reviews of the corresponding scientific state of knowledge. The paper can help to address the information needs of a wide audience, including policy-makers at the European, national and sub-national level, non-governmental organizations, and the wider public.

The analysis of the state of the cryosphere in Europe is based on in-situ and remote sensing observations, and modelling. The paper covers Svalbard, Iceland, Scandinavia, the European Alps, the Tatra Mountains, the Pyrenees, as well as the Baltic Sea. It assesses the primary impact of climate change on the cryospheric components such as snow cover, glaciers and ice caps, permafrost, lake and river ice, and sea ice; as well as related secondary impacts on avalanches, landslides and rock slope failures, and glacier floods.

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Item Type:Published Research Report
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:December 2011
Deposited On:23 Feb 2012 14:02
Last Modified:13 Aug 2017 12:11
Publisher:European Topic Centre on Air and Climate Change ETC/ACC
Series Name:ETC/ACC Technical Paper
Number of Pages:117
Official URL:http://acm.eionet.europa.eu/reports/ETCACC_TP_2010_13_Cryosphere_CC_Impacts

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