Global warming is changing the face of high mountain regions. For instance, it not only accelerates glacier melt and permafrost thawing, but also modifies the snowpack and alters ecosystems. Consequently, significant proportions of rock and soil masses may be destabilized and mobilized, the propensity for rock falls, debris flows, landslides and avalanches will change, and, at the same time, forest disturbances like windthrow or forest fires will weaken protection forests. As a result, people will have to adjust their socio-economic behavior.
The WSL research program Climate Change Impacts on Alpine Mass Movements: CCAMM is researching these processes within three work packages encompassing four key questions and 13 research tasks to develop optimal adaptive strategies.