The Use of Hydrological Models for the Simulation of Climate Change Impacts on Mountain Hydrology

  • Joachim Gurtz
  • Herbert Lang
  • Mark Verbunt
  • Massimiliano Zappa
Part of the Advances in Global Change Research book series (AGLO, volume 23)


According to the Second and Third Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 1996; 2001) the increase in mean surface air temperature of the northern hemisphere was larger in the 20th century than in any other period of the last 1000 years. The decade 1990–1999 was the warmest of this time period. It is also believed that this increase in air temperature will be accompanied by intensification of the global hydrological cycle and, in the same chain of cause and effect, by enhanced evaporation and precipitation (Schär and Frei, this volume). However, the scientific community needs to gain a better understanding of the biosphere-atmosphere system before being confident on the predictions of hvdrolodcal processes in a future climate (Frei et al. 2000: Ohmura and Wild 2002).


Hydrological modeling Runoff Snow cover Swiss basins Water balance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joachim Gurtz
    • 1
  • Herbert Lang
    • 1
  • Mark Verbunt
    • 1
  • Massimiliano Zappa
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Atmospheric and Climate ScienceSwiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)ZurichSwitzerland

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