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


  • Full Title

    Glacier tourism in times of climate change: developments of the past, contemporary challenges and prospects for the future

  • Scheduled

    Monday, 2022-09-12

  • Co-Conveners

    Marius Mayer

  • Assigned to Synthesis Workshop

    5. Probing the past, predicting the future – developing adaptive strategies in mountain regions under future climates

  • Keywords

    Glacier, tourism, climate change, last chance, ski, perception, evolution


Glacier tourism includes a large variety of outdoor activities and tourism practices in all seasons, with a wide bandwidth of infrastructure involved and considerably differing frequentation and economic impact. However, glacier tourism is a traditional, “compulsory” resource-based form of tourism in mountain areas that already experiences challenges related to climate change, which are expected to further increase in the future given global warming and glacier shrinkage scenarios. Therefore, it is crucial to assess how glacier recession is perceived by visitors and anticipated (or not) by operators. How will glacier destinations evolve (from demand and supply side) with diminishing or even no ice in some decades? Given this relevance, this session aims to review the current research on glacier tourism, to identify progress and existing knowledge gaps in the field and to identify future research paths and possible collaborations. This session addresses topics like stakeholder adaptation, visitor motivations, perceptions and experiences, destination evolution, and related questions.

Registered Abstracts

ID23: Glacier-atmosphere coupling in mountain environments
ID21: Glacier and permafrost risks in a changing climate