Mountain Weather and Climate: A General Overview and a Focus on Climatic Change in the Alps

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Publication Title

Mountain Weather and Climate: A General Overview and a Focus on Climatic Change in the Alps

Publication Type

Journal Article (Hydrobiologia,Volume 562, Number 1 / June, 2006)

Author(s)

Martin Beniston

Publication Date

2006

ISBN-ISSN-EAN

0018-8158 (Print) 1573-5117 (Online)

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Contents

Description

Meteorological and climatic processes in mountain regions play a key role in many environmental systems,in particular the quantity and quality of water that influences both aquatic ecosystems and economicsystems often far beyond the boundaries of the mountains themselves. This paper will provide a general overview of some of the particular characteristics of mountain weather and climate, to highlight some of the unique atmospheric features that are associated with regions of complex topography. The second part of the paper will focus upon characteristics of climate and climatic change in the European Alps, a region with a wealth of high quality data that allows an assessment on how climate and dependent environmental systems have evolved in the course of the 20th century and how alpine climate may undergo further changes to ‘‘global warming’’ in the 21st century, as the atmosphere responds to increasing levels of greenhouse gases that are expected in coming decades.

References

See also

Climate Change

External Resources

Attachments

 Beniston 2006.pdf

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