Climate Change, Impacts and Adaptation Strategies in the Alpine Space – ClimChAlp
ClimChAlp is a 3-year INTERREG III B project that aims to develop transnational strategies for the prevention of climate change risk and adaptation strategies in the Alpine Space. The project contributes to sustainable development of the Alps as concerns territorial planning and natural hazards, as well as socio-economic aspects. Under the co-ordination of the Euro-Mediterranean Center for Climate Change (CMCC), FEEM is responsible for studying the economic implications of climate change on Alpine tourism and agriculture.
ClimChAlp aims to develop transnational strategies for the prevention of the climate change risk and adaptation strategies in the Alpine Space. The project contributes to sustainable development of the Alps in the fields of territorial planning and natural hazards, and in their socio-economic aspects.
The scientific activities are organized in four thematic areas.They consist in a synopsis of existing information on historical and recent climate change in the Alps, a comparison, assessment and enhancement of present monitoring techniques, prediction and assessment of potential impacts of climate change on spatial development and key economic sectors (e.g. tourism, mobility, agriculture, forestry, settlements, industries), an in-depth analysis of current management tools and practices of the Alpine countries dealing with natural hazards, a recapitulating synthesis of the results attained in order to get a better understanding of the current and future impacts of climate change to the Alps.
The Italian Ministry of the Environment and Territory (MATTM), in its position of official partner of this project, has stipulated an agreement with the Euro-Mediterranean Center for Climate Change (CMCC) for the development of the MATTM technical and scientific activities and in particular:
- A synopsis of existing information on historical and recent climate change in the Alps;
- Assessment of climate models at the regional level and review of the scientific and climatologist results;
- Elaboration of predictions and research hypothesis on climate change;
- Preparation of in-depth reports and e-material on the activities of project group dealing with climate chage;
- Study of critical climate change factors: evolution of climate change regarding land-use, impact on services, eco-systems and territorial and economic development, review of socio-economic assessment prepared during the project;
- Design of dissemination actions (e.g. web site).
FEEM, Università della Tuscia, Cooperativa Editoriale Stoà, and the Accademia Europea di Bolzano are CMCC partners in this project. In particular, FEEM is responsible for the socio-economic aspects of the project which will be focussed on the specific thematic areas of economic implications of climate change on Alpine tourism and agriculture.