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Small- to medium-sized rockfalls now occur up to 300 m higher in the Alps than 70 years ago. The number of rockfalls has increased since the 2000s, data since 1945 show.
In contrast to global climate model projections the intensity of summer rainfall may increase. This is important for fresh water supply and, for instance, with respect to flash floods.
For the Alps, the main trigger of debris flows is high intensity, short duration rainfall. Under future climate change, it is likely that increases in extreme rainfall will alter debris flow frequency
Global warming affects precipitation volumes in the Alps, the contribution of rain and snow to these volumes, and the timing of snowmelt. An overall decrease in snow cover
Climate change is considered a large threat to especially montane species. These species often inhabit narrow elevational ranges
There is growing evidence that the rate of warming is amplified with elevation, such that high-mountain environments experience more rapid changes in temperature
Estimation of the impact of climate change on the growth cycle of the grapevine has shown a significant impact on harvest timing and season duration.
The Mediterranean Sea is warming in both shallow and deep waters. This warming is part of global climate trends and not a regional phenomenon.
In the Alps, the overall frequency of debris flows may decrease in absolute terms, but the magnitude of events may increase.
Strong reduction of snow cover in the Alps is expected to have major impacts on winter tourism. Many ski-regions have mean elevations below 2,000 m
So far, forest fires do not constitute a significant hazard in the central and northern parts of the Alps, while on the southern side they are more common
During the period 1951–2007, mean annual temperatures in Slovenia have increased significantly by 0.15 to 0.29°C/decade ...
Discharge is projected to increases during winter and decrease during summer months. The duration of low-flow situations becomes longer ...
The extremes of possible climate-change-driven habitat range size reductions are commonly based on two assumptions ...