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Kick-off meeting of the CIRCLE-MOUNTAIN Project

At the beginning of February 2011, in the University of Savoie at Chambery of South France, the Kick-off meeting of the Circle-Mount project, took place. In a two-days meeting, four accepted and funded collaborative programmes , which will be functioned in the next two years , were presented and commented. Dr V. Tritakis represented the MKF.

Short abstracts of the programmes can be viewed below.


The ARNICA project focuses on a probabilistic assessment of slope hazards related to debris flows and landslides and their impacts on transportation networks in the context of future climatic change. Τhis issue will be tackled through 5 work packages that focus on current and future climate scenarios, their impacts on the occurrence (frequency), run-out and spread of debris flows and landslides in three vulnerable Alpine regions located in France, Italy, and Switzerland, and a quantification of their consequences on national and trans-border transportation corridors from various hypotheses of frequentations by cars and trains or interruption of transportation corridors at the regional level. New approaches adapted to the operational needs of local and regional authorities and facilitated solutions for end-users will be proposed.


The EURAS-CLIMPACT initiative focuses on meteorological and climatologic aspects of glaciers and permafrost during the last fifty years. Therefore the change of four glaciers in Europe will be studied, namely the Pasterze - and Sonnblick Glacier in Austria, and the Storglaciδren and Kεrsa Glacier in Sweden, by reanalysing and downscaling global climate models of these regions. Based on these experiences, the impact of climate change on two glaciers in Central Asia will be quantified, namely on the Inylchek - and Karabatak Glacier in the central Tien Shan, where the Global Change Observatory "Gottfried Merzbacher" serves as a platform for international studies. European glaciers have been monitored since decades, an additional ground check of remote sensing data is mainly planned for the retreating but also advancing glaciers of the central Tien Shan.


Landslides across the Alpine countries are recognized by practitioners, politicians and scientists as having a major socio-economic impact, and may represent a significant risk for the population and the properties in particular locations. The ChangingRISKS project intends to develop an advanced understanding of how global changes (related to both environmental and climate change as well as socio-economical developments) will affect the temporal and spatial patterns of landslide hazards and associated risks in two territories of the Alps, and how these changes can be assessed, modeled and communicated (through mapping procedures) to stakeholders.


The combination of and land use changes has triggered important land cover changes in European mountains over the past 50 years. Interactive effects between land use and climate changes still represent a critical gap in our understanding of carbon dynamics. CAMELEON, attempts to understand and forecast changes in the carbon stocks and fluxes in mountain ecosystems. A key objective is to model the effects of climatic changes on carbon dynamics at the landscape scale, with explicit incorporation of land cover changes.

Details and extended analysis of the programmes can be seeked in the official web site of CIRCLE


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