Climate change and natural hazards in the Alps.

Abstract : Under the effects of climate change, alpine mountainous regions register fast and well‐perceptible evolutions that are causing a growing attention of people, scientists and managers. For better coping with hazards and vulnerabilities specific to these territories, the current national and European public policies in the alpine countries now prescribe adapting natural hazards prevention to climate change. This paper proposes a review of recent advances in knowledge on perceived, measured and projected changes in i) climate patterns, ii) cryosphere, hydrosystems and geomorphological dynamics on alpine slopes, iii) natural hazards evolution and induced risks at the scale of the French Alps. We give a brief overview of new results achieved in research, cooperation and capitalization projects on these thematic fields during the programmatic period 2007‐2013, that are made available on databases, thematic knowledge platforms and observatories developed by different scientific and technical operators in the larger framework of the European alpine arc. We illustrate this renewed synthesis by published examples of hydro‐gravitational hazards activity chronicles, along with climate patterns identified as “predictors”.
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Benjamin Einhorn, Nicolas Eckert, Christophe Chaix, Ludovic Ravanel, Philip Deline, et al.. Climate change and natural hazards in the Alps.. Revue de Géographie Alpine / Journal of Alpine Research, Association pour la diffusion de la recherche alpine, 2015, 103, https://journals.openedition.org/rga/2878. ⟨hal-01778184⟩

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