© 2004

Climatic Change and Its Impacts

An Overview Focusing on Switzerland


Part of the Advances in Global Change Research book series (AGLO, volume 19)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Martin Beniston
    Pages 27-52
  3. Martin Beniston
    Pages 53-71
  4. Martin Beniston
    Pages 73-90
  5. Martin Beniston
    Pages 91-127
  6. Martin Beniston
    Pages 129-153
  7. Martin Beniston
    Pages 155-192
  8. Martin Beniston
    Pages 241-253
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 255-287

About this book


Climatic Change is a rapidly evolving domain that has prompted the publication of numerous scientific works in recent years, reflecting both the public and scientific interest in the topic. This book focuses upon climate processes, variability and change and applies the general principles related to these issues, particularly in Switzerland. Although a small country, Switzerland is characterized by complex topography where climatic processes are often enhanced due to the presence of the Alps. In addition, there is a remarkable density of observational data in both the natural and social sciences that enable a comprehensive assessment of climate processes, their long-term trends and their impacts.

This book draws upon recent scientific work by the author, as well as by close colleagues working within scientific networks both in Switzerland and Europe, in order to provide the reader with up-to-date information on climate processes in the course of the 20th and 21st centuries.

This book is intended for students from the undergraduate level onwards and researchers interested in climate issues specific to the alpine region.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeosciencesUniversity of FribourgSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Climatic Change and Its Impacts
  • Book Subtitle An Overview Focusing on Switzerland
  • Authors Martin Beniston
  • Series Title Advances in Global Change Research
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-2345-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-6643-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4020-2346-0
  • Series ISSN 1574-0919
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 288
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Atmospheric Sciences
    Environmental Management
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From the reviews:

"Martin Beniston … has compiled a book that could be called a primer on climate change issues with a regional focus on Switzerland. … It is well written and understandable for the nonspecialist. … the book can be fully recommended. This compact volume will be of help to everyone seeking an overview and guidance in regional climate change studies." (Jörg Matschullat, Environmental Geology, Vol. 50 (1), 2006)