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Summer school "Climate Change and the Mountain Environment"

Valsavarenche, Valle d'Aosta (Italy), 18-28 June, 2013

The 2013 Alpine Summer School

The XXI edition of the Alpine Summer School will be dedicated to understanding how the mountain environment is changing in response to climate variability and the global temperature rise, with specific emphasis on monitoring current conditions, reconstructing past variability and develop projections for future decades. Specific focus themes of the lectures are: (1) atmospheric circulation and air quality in high-altitude areas, including the role of aerosols, pollution and the properties of precipitation; (2) changes in the hydrological cycle in mountain regions, with a specific attention to snow and glacier dynamics; (3) ecosystems and biodiversity in high-altitude areas and their response to climate and environmental change; and (4) reconstruction of past variability in mountain regions by ice and sediment core data; (5) climate modelling in mountain regions.