© 2005

Global Change and Mountain Regions

An Overview of Current Knowledge

  • Uli M. Huber
  • Harald K. M. Bugmann
  • Mel A. Reasoner
  • A comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art in this important field of scientific research


Part of the Advances in Global Change Research book series (AGLO, volume 23)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction: The International Year of Mountains Challenge and Opportunity for Mountain Research

  3. Paleoenvironmental changes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-10
    2. Keith Alverson, Christoph Kull, G. W. K. Moore, Patrick Ginot
      Pages 11-20
    3. Sarah L. Shafer, Patrick J. Bartlein, Cathy Whitlock
      Pages 21-30
    4. Lonnie G. Thompson, Mary E. Davis, Ping-Nan Lin, Ellen Mosley-Thompson, Henry H. Brecher
      Pages 31-38
    5. Atle Nesje, Svein Olaf Dahl, Øyvind Lie, Jostein Bakke
      Pages 51-60
    6. J. Overpeck, K. B. Liu, C. Morrill, J. Cole, C. Shen, D. Anderson et al.
      Pages 83-92
    7. Richard W. Battarbee, Simon Patrick, Martin Kernan, Roland Psenner, Hansjoerg Thies, Joan Grimalt et al.
      Pages 113-121
    8. Neil L. Rose, Handong Yang, Pilar Fernández, Joan O. Grimait
      Pages 123-132
    9. Antonio Lara, Alexia Wolodarsky-Franke, Juan Carlos Aravena, Ricardo Villalba, Maria Eugenia Solari, Liliana Pezoa et al.
      Pages 145-156
    10. Ricardo Villalba, Mariano H. Masiokas, Thomas Kitzberger, José A. Boninsegna
      Pages 157-166
  4. Cryospheric changes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-168

About this book


Mountain regions occupy about a quarter of the global terrestrial land surface and provide goods and services to more than half the humanity. Global environmental change threatens the integrity of these systems and their ability to provide the goods and services upon which humanity has come to depend. This book gives an overview of the state of research in fields pertaining to the detection, understanding and prediction of global change impacts in mountain regions. More than 60 contributions from paleoclimatology, cryospheric research, hydrology, ecology, and development studies are compiled in this volume, each with an outlook on future research directions.


Climatology Frost Paleoclimatology Precipitation Smog Snow Transport climate change ecology ecosystem ecosystems environmental change hazard

Editors and affiliations

  • Uli M. Huber
    • 1
  • Harald K. M. Bugmann
    • 2
  • Mel A. Reasoner
    • 3
  1. 1.University of BernSwitzerland
  2. 2.Swiss Federal Institute of TechnologyZurichSwitzerland
  3. 3.The Mountain Research InitiativeBernSwitzerland

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

"The challenge of global climate change is engaging scientists across a wide range of disciplines and has become an important issue for politicians and environmental agencies around the world. … This book is an essential collection of papers on important mountain-directed themes. … The editors and contributors are to be congratulated on the production of this timely book which will be a key text in tackling the challenges posed by climate change." (Wishart Mitchell, Mountain Research and Development, Vol. 27 (1), 2007)