Effects of Climate Change in the Swiss Alps

October 18, 2017

Reto Giere, Professor and Chair of Earth and Environmental Science, presents key examples of glacial retreat and permafrost melting in the Swiss Alps and discusses associated impacts on landscape and infrastructure, and strategies used to protect the local population from predicted catastrophic events. Over the past 30 years, the temperature increase observed in Switzerland has been considerably higher than the warming in the northern hemisphere.