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Climate Change Adaptation Strategies – An Upstream-downstream Perspective

  • Nadine Salzmann
  • Christian Huggel
  • Samuel U. Nussbaumer
  • Gina Ziervogel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Part A

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Nadine Salzmann, Christian Huggel, Samuel U. Nussbaumer, Gina Ziervogel
      Pages 3-15
    3. Graham McDowell, Eleanor Stephenson, James Ford
      Pages 17-38
  3. Part B

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Boris Orlowsky, Norina Andres, Nadine Salzmann, Christian Huggel, Christine Jurt, Luis Vicuña et al.
      Pages 41-58
    3. Randy Muñoz, César Gonzales, Karen Price, Ana Rosario, Christian Huggel, Holger Frey et al.
      Pages 59-78
    4. Saskia Elisabeth Werners, Sándor Szalai, Henk Zingstra, Éva Kőpataki, Andreas Beckmann, Ernst Bos et al.
      Pages 79-99
    5. Musonda Mumba, Sophie Kutegeka, Barbara Nakangu, Richard Munang, Charles Sebukeera
      Pages 121-140
    6. Pablo Dourojeanni, Edith Fernandez-Baca, Silvia Giada, James Leslie, Karen Podvin, Florencia Zapata
      Pages 141-160
    7. Veruska Muccione, Ben Daley
      Pages 161-177
    8. Anju Pandit, Anmol Jain, Randhir Singha, Augustus Suting, Senti Jamir, Neera Shresthra Pradhan et al.
      Pages 179-194
  4. Part C

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. Daniel Kull, Habiba Gitay, Sofia Bettencourt, Robert Reid, Alanna Simpson, Kevin McCall
      Pages 255-270
    3. Thomas Kohler, André Wehrli, Elbegzaya Batjargal, Sam Kanyamibwa, Daniel Maselli, Urs Wiesmann
      Pages 271-292

About this book


Climate change and the related adverse impacts are among the greatest challenges facing humankind during the coming decades. Even with a significant reduction of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, it will be inevitable for societies to adapt to new climatic conditions and associated impacts and risks. This book offers insights to first experiences of developing and implementing adaptation measures, with a particular focus on mountain environments and the adjacent downstream areas. It provides a comprehensive ‘state-of-the-art’ of climate change adaptation in these areas through the collection and evaluation of knowledge from several local and regional case studies and by offering new expertise and insights at the global level. As such, the book is an important source for scientists, practitioners and decision makers alike, who are working in the field of climate change adaptation and towards sustainable development in the sense of the Paris Agreement and the Agenda 2030.


Climate Change Adaptation Climate Change Impacts Mountains Upstream-Downstream Climate Risks Ecosystems Ecosystem Based Adaptation Vulnerability Perception Resilience Science-Policy Dialogue

Editors and affiliations

  • Nadine Salzmann
    • 1
  • Christian Huggel
    • 2
  • Samuel U. Nussbaumer
    • 3
  • Gina Ziervogel
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of GeosciencesUniversity of FribourgFribourgSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of GeographyUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  3. 3.Department of GeographyUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  4. 4.Department of Environmental & Geographical Science and African Climate and Development InitiativeUniversity of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa

About the editors

Nadine Salzmann is a senior scientist and lecturer at the Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg, Switzerland and co-head of the Eclim research group. Her research centers on atmosphere-cryosphere interactions in high-mountain environments, with emphases on measuring and modelling climate change impacts. She has been conducting research at the University of Zurich and at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, CO, USA. For several years, she is leading and working for interdisciplinary climate change adaptation projects at the science-policy interface in the Alps, Andes, Himalayas and Central Asia.

Christian Huggel is at the Department of Geography, University of Zurich and co-head of the research group Climate & Environment: Impacts, Risks and Adaptation (Eclim). He has been working in mountain regions, including the European Alps, the Andes, Mexico, Alaska, the Caucasus and the Himalayas. He was a Lead Author of the IPCC Working Group II 5th Assessment Report and has been a science advisor of the Swiss delegation at the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP) and member of several mountain related scientific commissions.

Samuel U. Nussbaumer is a senior researcher at the Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg and a postdoctoral fellow at the World Glacier Monitoring Service, University of Zurich. He has been working on sustainable mountain development and global change and has a particular research interest in past and present glacier changes, their impacts and perception. Several research projects in Europe (Alps, Scandinavia) and South America, with research stays in Bergen (Norway), Mendoza (Argentina), London (Canada) and Santiago (Chile).

Gina Ziervogel is a geographer by training, working in the field of adaptation and vulnerability to global environmental change. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science and Research Chair at the African Climate and Development Institute at the University of Cape Town. Her research focuses on climate adaptation, governance, transformation and development from the household to municipal level. Gina was a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special report on Managing the risk of extreme events and disasters to advance climate change adaptation (SREX) and in 2015 won the South African Young Woman in Science Award.

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“This volume is a very fine contribution to the quest to find adequate and locally tailored climate adaptation strategies for mountain regions. … the book presents some enthusiasm-generating stories and great examples of community-based approaches. … the book is well presented and most of the chapters have plenty of color graphics, maps, and photographs.” (Wouter Buytaert, Mountain Research & Development, Vol. 37 (2), May, 2017)