ID21: Glacier and permafrost risks in a changing climate


  • Full Title

    Glacier and permafrost risks in high mountains under climate change: from process understanding to disaster risk management

  • Scheduled

    Monday, 2022-09-12
    Session Part I:  13:30 - 15:00
    Session Part II: 16:00 - 17:30
    Poster Session: 15:15 - 15:45

  • Convener

  • Co-Conveners

    Michele Koppes, Holger Frey and John J. Clague

  • Assigned to Synthesis Workshop

    3. Challenges in implementing the Sendai Framework in Mountain Environments

  • Keywords

    Glacier, permafrost, hazard, risk, high mountain, climate change


The cryosphere is a key component of high mountain systems, controlling their dynamics. Climate change is causing the cryosphere to degrade at unprecedented rates, with severe consequences on natural instability. Glacier and permafrost hazards, which are the focus of the IACS/IPA Standing Group GAPHAZ, existed in the past, but are increasing in size, frequency, type and location in response to ongoing  climate change, producing catastrophic process chains. This session invites contributions aimed at enhancing our understanding of such hazards, including glacial lake outburst floods, ice and rock avalanches from steep glaciers and frozen slopes, glacier surges, destabilization of rock glaciers and other periglacial slope movements, and the interactions with earthquakes and volcanic activity. We welcome contributions that consider past, present and future hazards, as well as all components of risk. Contributions that provide insights into hazard and risk assessment, monitoring and modeling, and/or strategies to prevent, mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change are encouraged.

Registered Abstracts

ID22: Glacier tourism in times of climate change: Past, present and future
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