Articles | Volume 22
Adv. Geosci., 22, 35–39, 2009
Adv. Geosci., 22, 35–39, 2009

  13 Oct 2009

13 Oct 2009

Integrated assessment and adaptation to climate change impacts in the Peruvian Andes

N. Salzmann1, C. Huggel1, P. Calanca2, A. Díaz3, T. Jonas4, C. Jurt1, T. Konzelmann5, P. Lagos6, M. Rohrer7, W. Silverio8, and M. Zappa4 N. Salzmann et al.
  • 1Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon, Research Station ART, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 3Servicio Nacional de Meteorología e Hidrología, Senamhi, Lima, Peru
  • 4Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, Birmensdorf and Davos, Switzerland
  • 5Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology, MeteoSwiss, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 6Instituto de Geofísico, Lima, Peru
  • 7Meteodat GmbH, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 8University of Geneva, Switzerland

Abstract. The Andes as mountain regions worldwide, provide fundamental resources, not only for the local population. Due to the topographic characteristics, the potential for natural hazards is higher than elsewhere. In these areas, assessments of climate change impacts and the development of adequate adaptation strategies therefore become particular important. The data basis, however, is often scarce. Moreover, perceptions of changes and needs are often divergent between national and local levels, which make the implementation of adaptation measures a challenge. Taking the Peruvian Andes as an example, this paper aims at initiating a discussion about scientific baseline and integrative concepts needed to deal with the adverse effects of climate change in mountain regions.