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


  • Full Title

    Probing the past, predicting the future – insights from historic and scientific approaches and datasets for adaptive strategies in mountain regions under future climates

  • Scheduled

    Thursday, 2022-09-15
    08:15 - 9:45; 10:15 - 11:45

  • Scientific Committee Teams involved


  • Type



Alpine environments are sensitive ecological systems that are prone to climatic and anthropogenic perturbation. While many research initiatives are investigating the impact of our industrial society on alpine landscapes and ecosystems, or are looking for possible adaptation and mitigation strategies under warming climatic conditions, comparatively little research has been directed towards a systematic study of human-environmental interactions in alpine environments by pre-industrial societies or during pre-historic times. Such historical perspectives, however, provide a long baseline of past changes needed to understand the natural variability of alpine environments and its resilience over a variety of timescales. The perspectives also provide a variety of links to scientific and historical research results and datasets.

In this synthesis workshop (geo)archaeological, palaeoenvironmental, palaeoclimatic, and ethnohistoric research strands conducted in alpine environments will be brought together. The goal is to create a platform for researchers interested in understanding the historic and long-term perspective of alpine climates and ecosystems and the changing role of humans using these environments.



Slot 1: 8:15-9:45 (90 min)

1) Introduction (Bonnie Pitblado & Michael Meyer)

8:15 – 8:30

2) Summary of focus session by conveners

8:30 – 9:00

3) World Café

9:00 – 9:25_World Café round 1

9:25 – 9:45_World Café round 2

Coffee break 9:45 – 10:15

Slot 2:  10:15 – 11:45 (90 min)

3) World Café – continues

10:15 – 10:30_World Café round 3

10:30 – 10:45_World Café round 4

10:45 – 11:00_World Café round 5

4) Summary of world café table discussions by conveners and open discussion  

11:00 – 11:40

5) Final statement and workshop closure  

11:40 – 11:45

Assigned Focus Sessions

ID02: Adaptation strategies and pathways for resilience in mountain regions

Focus Sessions

ID63: Social strategies and rituality in ancient mountain landscapes

Focus Sessions

ID67: Sustainability of mountain social-ecological systems across Africa

Focus Sessions
3. Challenges in implementing the Sendai Framework in Mountain Environments
1. Mountain Ecosystems under Global Change