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Department of Geography Environment and Climate


Our group investigates climate impacts on cryosphere, mountain, and related socio-environmental systems, especially those related to changes in glaciers, run offs and water availability. Using an interdisciplinary perspective we assess risks associated with water availability, landslides, floods, and complex cascading processes. Strongly rooted in local contexts our works supports the development of innovative adaptation strategies to successfully manage risks from climate-related impacts.

We create evidence-based knowledge to inform climate policies and support better decision making in climate change adaptation and risk management. We design courses and organize training programs to build knowledge and capacities for the next generation of researches and decision-makers in Switzerland and abroad. We collaborate with research institutions, national authorities, intergovernmental organizations and NGO’s worldwide.