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Climate change and mountain water resources: Overview and recommendations for research, management and politics

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Hayley Fowler


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Mountains are essential sources of freshwater for our world, but their role in global water resources could well be significantly altered from anticipated climate change. How well do we understand these changes today, and what are implications for water resources management and for policy? With these questions in mind, a dozen researchers most of them with experience in collaborating with water managers-from around the world assembled for a workshop in Göschenen, Switzerland on 16ĝ€"19 September 2009 by invitation of the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI). Their goal was to develop an up-to-date overview of mountain water resources and climate change and to identify pressing issues with relevance for science and society. This special issue of Hydrology and Earth System Sciences assembles contributions providing insight into climate change and water resources for selected case-study mountain regions from around the world. The present introductory article is based on analysis of these regions and on the workshop discussions. We will give a brief overview of the subject (Sect. 1), introduce the case-study regions (Sect. 2) and examine the state of knowledge regarding the importance of water supply from mountain areas for water resources in the adjacent lowlands and anticipated climate change impacts (Sect. 3). From there, we will identify research and monitoring needs (Sect. 4), make recommendations for research, water resources management and policy (Sect. 5) and finally draw conclusions (Sect. 6). © 2010 Author(s).

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Author(s): Viviroli D, Archer D, Buytaert W, Fowler H, Greenwood G, Hamlet A, Huang Y, Koboltschnig G, Litaor M, López-Moreno J, Lorentz S, Schädler B, Schwaiger K, Vuille M, Woods R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions

Year: 2010

Volume: 7

Issue: 3

Pages: 2829-2895

Print publication date: 01/01/2010

ISSN (print): 1812-2108

ISSN (electronic): 1812-2116

Publisher: Copernicus GmbH


DOI: 10.5194/hessd-7-2829-2010


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