Views From the Alps
Regional Perspectives on Climate ChangeeBook - 1998
Although climate change is a global problem, there is a growingrecognition of the need to look at its regional manifestations and management. Thisbook takes such a regional approach to the Alpine region. The result of the ongoingSwiss research program Climate and Environment in the Alpine Region (CLEAR), itincorporates the work of an independent network of approximately fifty researchersfrom a variety of disciplines.The Alpine region is the perfect focus for such astudy because of the wealth of historical and contemporary data. The contributorsavoid impractical absolute solutions to the problem of climate change. Theyexplicitly recognize that climate policy involves not just environmental policy butalso economic, agricultural, social, and urban policy. The science required forclimate policy need not provide a single definitive answer to the problem of climatechange. Rather, it can contribute a variety of insights, explanations, scenarios, and open questions to the public debate. The authors aim at a science for policythat helps to develop realistic options in an ongoing debate involving scientists aswell as policymakers and ordinary citizens.Topics covered include past and currentclimate dynamics, scenarios for future climate development, the sensitivity of plantand soil ecosystems to climate change, scenarios for future ecosytem development, and creative policy responses to mobilize regional action for industrial innovation.The topics are addressed in the spirit of Integrated Assessment (IA), a method thatcombines scientific and social expertise to explore political and technicalstrategies for dealing with environmental problems such as climate change.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©1998.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 515 pages) : illustrations.