October 18, 2017

Irvine Auditorium
Cafe 58
3401 Spruce Street
  • Reto Giere

    Professor and Chair, Earth and Environmental Science

Effects of Climate Change in the Swiss Alps

Knowledge by the Slice

Over the past 30 years, the temperature increase observed in Switzerland has been considerably higher than the warming in the northern hemisphere. In the Swiss Alps, one of the most dramatic effects of the increasing temperature is the fast retreat of nearly all glaciers. Less visible, but equally concerning, is the melting of permafrost at high elevations. Reto Gieré, Professor and Chair of Earth and Environmental Science, will introduce the audience to key examples of glacial retreat and permafrost melting, associated impacts on landscape and infrastructure, and strategies used to protect the local population from predicted catastrophic events. 

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