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Global Environmental Change in Alpine Regions: Recognition, Impact, Adaptations and Mitigation

Edited By: Karl W Steininger and Hannelore Weck-Hannemann

Edward Elgar

Hardback | Dec 2002 | #135291 | ISBN: 1843761831
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Mountain regions represent about one fourth of the earth's surface area and provide a significant share of goods and services to humanity. In this book, the authors demonstrate how alpine environments throughout the world are particularly vulnerable to global environmental change. Alpine populations will often be affected earliest and most significantly, for example through extreme weather systems, and their scope for adaptation is relatively limited. Drawing on the natural and social sciences, particularly economics, this book supplies a broad picture of the diverse issues involved. The authors show that observed changes in natural phenomena, such as acidity and fish toxicity in high altitude lakes, clearly support the thesis on ongoing global change induced by humans. They then analyse the manifold socio-economic impacts of global environmental change which are likely to be felt in various sectors and industries including tourism, insurance and water cycle management. It is shown that adaptation options though limited can be improved, such as in natural hazard management. Finally the authors evaluate the various mitigation options available for policymakers in agriculture, energy production, transport and land use planning.


Part I Recognition: alpine waters in the interplay of global change complex links - simple effects?; on the economics of climate change and the climate change of economics. Part II Impact: economic consequences of climate change in alpine regions - impact and mitigation; climate change and its impact on the insurance industry. Part III Adaptation: human vulnerability - factors influencing the implementation of prevention and protection measures - an agent based approach; developments in natural hazard management in alpine countries facing global environmental change; the political practice of natural hazards control in Austria and the question of climate change; climatological research and its possible contribution to regional planning in an alpine environment. Part IV Mitigation: the role of alpine agriculture and forestry in climate change mitigation - a scenario analysis; climate change mitigation in the Alps by means of renewable energy use - the Austrian province of Carinthia as an illustration; reducing the global and local environment impact of transport in the Alpine region; future prospects.

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