Position paper on potential impacts of climate change on winter sports

phys.org | 3/19/2019 | Staff
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For the first time, experts of European weather and climate research institutions have issued a joint paper on the impacts of climate change on winter sports. The initiators are the Stiftung Sicherheit im Skisport (SIS, Foundation for Safety of Ski Sports), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), and the German Sport University Cologne (DSHS).

In their joint position paper and another publication, more than 20 expert scientists from 14 research institutions for the first time summarize the current state of research. They confirm key statements for the Alpine region and the low mountain ranges in Germany, point out knowledge deficits, and recommend actions. "Discussion on climate change and its impacts needs an objective, understandable presentation of facts. We have succeeded in formulating a joint position and clear statements together with other researchers from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland," says Professor Karl-Friedrich Ziegahn, Head of Division IV – Natural and Built Environment of KIT.

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At the Atmospheric Environmental Research Division of the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research of KIT (IMK-IFU), KIT's Campus Alpine, scientists of KIT study potential impacts of climate change on mountain regions among others. "For Alpine regions in particular, we assume a very rapid and extensive climate change. Both observation time series of the past and our climate computations for the future reveal a higher temperature increase. The existing climate and vegetation zones will move to higher altitudes and also snow conditions will change," says the Head of IMK-IFU, Professor Hans Peter Schmid.

The position paper is a result of the expert forum Klima.Schnee.Sport (climate.snow.sports) that took place at the environmental research station Schneefernerhaus/Zugspitze in October 2018 and in Ruhpolding in January 2019. The forum was hosted by SIS, KIT, and DSHS.

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The experts agree on the expectation that the annual mean temperature in the Alpine region and in the low mountain ranges...
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