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Implications of Climate Change on Mountain Environments: The Case of the Julian and Karavanke Alps, Slovenia

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Mountain environments are of critical concern for the global climate change agenda among the scientific community. The physical effects of climate change in mountain environments can be observed through changes in three resources of substantive concern to this study: glaciers, snowpack, and water. The purpose of this study is to inventory past climatic variability and current observed changes associated with climate change in the Julian and Karavanke Alps, two significant ranges located in northern Slovenia. This study integrates scientific data and observations through interviews, fieldwork, and secondary literature. This study also compares current global climate change researchwith regional European research in mountain environments.

Central to this study is an analysis of climatic variability as it connects to changes in glaciers, snowpack and water. This approach allows an examination of how changes in these specific Slovenian Alpine areas are addressed through natural resource management and adaptation scenarios.

The goal of this research is to gauge the potential effects and the extent to which the Slovenian Alps are affected by climate change. Climate change research is relevant on a global level where glaciers serve as water reservoirs that dictate the environmental, cultural, and political futures of mountain regions.

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Implications of Climate Change on Mountain Environments: The Case of the Julian and Karavanke Alps, Slovenia

Mountain environments are of critical concern for the global climate change agenda among the scientific community. The physical effects of climate change in mountain environments can be observed through changes in three resources of substantive concern to this study: glaciers, snowpack, and water. The purpose of this study is to inventory past climatic variability and current observed changes associated with climate change in the Julian and Karavanke Alps, two significant ranges located in northern Slovenia. This study integrates scientific data and observations through interviews, fieldwork, and secondary literature. This study also compares current global climate change researchwith regional European research in mountain environments.

Central to this study is an analysis of climatic variability as it connects to changes in glaciers, snowpack and water. This approach allows an examination of how changes in these specific Slovenian Alpine areas are addressed through natural resource management and adaptation scenarios.

The goal of this research is to gauge the potential effects and the extent to which the Slovenian Alps are affected by climate change. Climate change research is relevant on a global level where glaciers serve as water reservoirs that dictate the environmental, cultural, and political futures of mountain regions.