Global Change and Protected Areas

  • Guido Visconti
  • Martin Beniston
  • Emilio D. Iannorelli
  • Diego Barba

Part of the Advances in Global Change Research book series (AGLO, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. Michele Brunetti, Letizia Buffoni, Franca Mangianti, Maurizio Maugeri, Teresa Nanni
    Pages 11-17
  3. Michele Brunetti, Daniele Gambetti, Guido Lo Vecchio, Teresa Nanni
    Pages 19-27
  4. Michele Brunetti, Letizia Buffoni, Maurizio Maugeri, Teresa Nanni
    Pages 29-36
  5. Erik R. Hauge
    Pages 109-117
  6. R. A. Pielke, T. N. Chase, J. Eastman, L. Lu, G. E. Liston, M. B. Coughenour et al.
    Pages 119-126
  7. Filippo Giorgi, Raquel Francisco
    Pages 127-139
  8. Antonella Balerna, Enrico Bernieri, Maurizio Chiti, Ubaldo Denni, Adolfo Esposito, Antonietta Frani
    Pages 141-146
  9. Antonella Balerna, Enrico Bernieri, Adolfo Esposito, Massimo Pecci, Claudio Smiraglia
    Pages 147-152
  10. Vladimir Dauvalter, Tatyana Moiseenko, Ludmila Kagan
    Pages 187-194
  11. Thomas Mathis, Franziska Keller, Adrian Möhl, Lucia Wick, Heike Lischke
    Pages 195-208

About this book


High mountains can be considered as particularly appropriate environments to detect effects ofclimate change on natural biocoenoses in a global scale for the following reasons: Firstly, ecosystems at the l- temperature limits of plant life are generally thought to be especially sensitive to climate change [1][2][3]. An already ongoing upward shift of vascular plants at high summits in the Alps, determined by the Austrian IGBP-research [4][5][6][7][8], is most likely a response to the atmospheric warming since the 19th century. Secondly, high mountains still comprise the most natural ecosystems in many countries, being largely untouched by human settlements and agricultural influences, Therefore, climatic effects on ecosystems can be studied without masking effects from human land use. Thirdly, high mountain ranges are present in virtually every major zonobiome of the earth. The research initiative GLORIA aims to establish an urgently needed global monitoring network, by using high mountain ecosystems as sensitive indicators, as required in the “IGBP-Mountain Workplan” [9]. Moreover, a deeper understanding of assemblagemechanisms andassemblage processes in vegetation patterns as a contribution to ecological theory can be expected. This paper gives a short general overview about GLORIA and a first outline about the concept, method, and some few results of the “Multi Summit-Approach”, one of the basic intentions within the proposed network. It aims to encourage the involvement of high mountain researchers and research co-ordinators in a detailed discussion of the proposed research activities and in a co-operation within the planned global monitoring network.


Flora Frost Global warming Precipitation Scale biodiversity biosphere climate change environment environmental change hydrology vegetation

Editors and affiliations

  • Guido Visconti
    • 1
  • Martin Beniston
    • 2
  • Emilio D. Iannorelli
    • 3
  • Diego Barba
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of L’AquilaL’AquilaItaly
  2. 2.University of FribourgFribourgSwitzerland
  3. 3.Regione AbruzzoL’AquilaItaly
  4. 4.Parco Scientifico e Tecnologico d’AbruzzoL’AquilaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5686-3
  • Online ISBN 978-0-306-48051-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1574-0919
  • About this book