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ESPON CLIMATE: Climate Change and Territorial Effects on Regions and Local Economies - Case Study Alpine Space
The ESPON project 2013/1/4 Climate change and territorial effects on regions and local economies deals with the impacts of climate change on the European regions and their economies as well as the consequences for spatial planning. The overall objective is to identify the vulnerability of regions to climate change. Therefore the project seeks to analyse the regional sensitivities towards climate stimuli and the likely economic effects of climate change on European regions also considering mitigation and adaptation measures. Eventually, the project aims at the development of new potential regional typologies with respect to the multitude of aspects and consequences in the context of climate change.
Case Study "Alpine Space"
today the climate in the Alps has changed significantly and affected regions
and local economies. Future climate change, especially the increase of
temperature, a higher variability of precipitation and an increasing occurrence
of hazards, will reinforce this development and modify today's living and
working conditions. Therefore, the Alpine space as rural area with relative
densely populated valleys and several Metropolitan European Growth Areas in the surrounding lowlands needs a transnational strategy how to
foster climate change mitigation and adaptation.
The case study "Alpine Space" aims at an in-depth analysis of impacts of the different climatic stimuli on Alpine tourism, of the specific sensitivity of Alpine tourism and the adaptive capacity of the tourism sector. The main focus lies on the institutional and cultural dimension of vulnerability. For the adaptive capacity assessment of the tourism sector a specific set of indicators for assessing adaptive capacity has been
is funded within the ESPON 2013 Programme (European Spatial Planning Observation Network).
Lead partner is the Institute of Spatial Planning (IRPUD), Technical University Dortmund, Germany.
WSL Project Team
Research Group Regional Economics and Development