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Wann 08.09.2019 00:00 bis
12.09.2019 00:00
Wo Innsbruck
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About the Conference

Evaluating the responses of mountains to climate and other changes, and their resilience as social-ecological systems, requires the consideration of multiple and mutually interacting stressors. The IMC 2019 aims to encourage in-depth cross-disciplinary discussions towards a new understanding of mountain systems, their responses and resiliencies.

The IMC 2019 will take place 08 - 12 September 2019 in Innsbruck, Austria. It aims to build upon the three previous mountain conferences that took place in Perth, Scotland, continuing this special scientific conference series with a focus on mountain-specific topics. Hosted in the Alps, the IMC 2019 will provide an excellent opportunity for experts from different disciplines to come together and discuss mountain-related issues.

 

Thematic Focus

Climate change is an ongoing global phenomenon. The topography of mountain regions means that the processes and impacts of climate change are typically more complex in these regions than in the lowlands, and therefore more challenging to understand and predict. At the same time, mountain systems affected by climate change also provide many services, not only to local residents but also to people living in the lowlands. In total, around one quarter of the Earth's population lives in the mountains and their forelands.

In light of this, the IMC 2019 will focus on

  1. The investigation of processes and the detection of changes in climate and other factors more or less influenced by climate (e.g., social, environmental, or infrastructural changes)
  2. The consequences of the changes with respect to the vulnerabilities of socio-ecological systems
  3. Strategies for adaptation and transformation

 

Workshops (e.g.):

Specific Topic 2.4: Mountain Hazards and risks

  • Workshop 2.4.A: Remote sensing techniques and data for natural hazard research / Moderators: Martin Rutzinger (Chair), Bernhard Höfle, Roderik Lindenbergh

 

  • Workshop 2.4.B: Snow and avalanches: Uncertainty in model chains - from precipitation to avalanche impacts / Moderators: Jan-Thomas Fischer (Chair), Ingrid Reiweger, Betty Sovilla, Johan Gaume, Jim McElwaine, Wolfgang Fellin

 

  • Workshop 2.4.C: Impacts resulting from slope movement / Moderators: Barbara Schneider-Muntau (Chair), Daniela Engl

 

  • Workshop 2.4.D: Vulnerabilities of and impacts on infrastructures in mountains – Fluvial Hazards / Moderators: Bernhard Gems (Chair), Sven Fuchs, Margreth Keiler

 

  • Workshop 2.4.E: Natural hazards’ risk governance under changing framework conditions / Moderators: Stefan Schneiderbauer (Chair), Lydia Pedoth, Doris Damyanovic

 

  • Workshop 2.4.F: Climate risk assessment: from climate impact research to adaptation planning / Moderators: Marc Zebisch (Chair), Stefan Schneiderbauer, Stefan Kienberger

 

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