ADAPT ALP - Adaptation to Climate Change in the Alpine Space

Climate change is to a large extent constituted by increasing temperatures and changed precipitation patterns. Any change of these critical factors has implications on the frequency and extent of natural hazards. The uncertainties and the increase of natural hazards due to the impacts of CC require concerted management in the Alpine Space to effectively save human life, settlements and infrastructure.
At present, there is still a lack of precise data taking CC into account. Harmonized cross-sectoral hazard assessment, hazard mapping or harmonized risk management must be balanced on a transnational level. Knowledge concerning flood events and droughts must be assessed in consideration of climate change, inter-sectoral hazard assessment, risk prevention a communication can only be efficient and effective if a common transnational understanding on those topics is present. AdaptAlp focuses the harmonization of the various national approaches and methods. Beside harmonization of terminology, an important issue tackled by AdaptAlp is the provision of reliable data and design events for the Alpine Space.
The contributes to the AdaptAlp project with tree-ring based reconstructions of frequency-magnitude reconstructions of debris flows in the Austrian Alps and an identification of tools helping in the analysis and quantification of design events (uncertainty and accuracy assessments).


Contractors: European Union (EU Interreg IV B project), Bundesministerium für Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft, Vienna (Austria)

Project duration: Januar 2009 – July 2011

Contact: Markus Stoffel

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Mayer, B., Stoffel, M., Bollschweiler, M., Hübl, J., Rudolf-Miklau, F. (2010): Frequency and spread of debris floods on fans: a dendrogeomorphic case study from a dolomite catchment in the Austrian Alps. Geomorphology 118: 199–206. [PDF]