Integrated assessment and adaptation to climate change impacts in the Peruvian Andes
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.
Salzmann, N., Huggel, C., Calanca, P., Díaz, A., Jonas, T., Jurt, C., Konzelmann, T., Lagos, P., Rohrer, M., Silverio, W., and Zappa, M.: Integrated assessment and adaptation to climate change impacts in the Peruvian Andes, Adv. Geosci., 22, 35-39, doi:10.5194/adgeo-22-35-2009, 2009.