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First transnational permafrost map of the Alps

Permafrost regions are particularly sensitive to climate change.

Permafrost regions are particularly sensitive to climate change. © CIPRA International

The first standardised permafrost monitoring map of the Alpine Space is to be drawn up by researchers from Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France and Germany by 2011. The map will allow a better assessment of natural hazards and play an important role particularly for tourism and the growing infrastructure in the high-alpine region.
The researchers want to find out what impact climate change can have on permafrost and the regions in which it occurs. The research project is funded with a total of EUR 3.5 million as part of an EU programme.
Source and additional information:
www.permanet-alpinespace.eu/page, www.stol.it/Artikel/Chronik-im-Ueberblick (de)