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Impact of Global Changes on Mountains

Responses and Adaptation, 1st Edition

Edited by Velma I. Grover, Axel Borsdorf, Jürgen Breuste, Prakash Chandra Tiwari, Flavia Witkowski Frangetto

CRC Press

528 pages | 23 Color Illus. | 71 B/W Illus.

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Mountain regions encompass nearly 24 percent of the total land surface of the earth and are home to approximately 12 percent of the world’s population. Their ecosystems play a critical role in sustaining human life both in the highlands and the lowlands.

During recent years, resource use in high mountain areas has changed mainly in response to the globalization of the economy and increased world population. As a result, mountain regions are undergoing rapid environmental change, exploitation, and depletion of natural resources leading to ecological imbalances and economic unsustainability. Moreover, the changing climatic conditions have stressed mountain ecosystems through higher mean annual temperatures and the melting of glaciers and snow. Altered precipitation patterns have also had an impact.

This book addresses these critical issues and looks at ways to stop the downward spiral of resource degradation, rural poverty, and food and livelihood insecurity in mountain regions. The book also discusses new and comprehensive approaches to mountain development that are needed to identify sustainable resource development practices, how to strengthen local institutions and knowledge systems, and how to increase the resilience between mountain environments and their inhabitants.


"This book will be welcomed by environmental and social scientists for its review of strategies for coping with environmental changes in mountain areas. … Each chapter includes a comprehensive set of references and figures, some of which are also reproduced as color plates in the appendix. Overall, this is a useful contribution. … Summing up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners."

—N. Caine, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA for CHOICE, October 2015

Table of Contents


Prelude: Mountains in an Uncertain World; Jack D. Ives

Introduction and Road Map for Impact of Global Changes on High-Mountains; Velma I Grover


Impacts and Risks of Global Change; Axel Borsdorf, Johann Stötter, Georg Grabherr, Oliver Bender, Carla Marchant and Rafael Sánchez


Global Change and Mountains: Consequences, Responses and Opportunities; Prakash C. Tiwari and Dr. Bhagwati Joshi

Adaptation to Climate Change in Mountain Regions: Global Significance of Marginal Places; Matthias Monreal and Johann Stötter

Adaptation Frameworks for Climate Change – Eloquent to Himalayan Ecosystems; PK Joshi, Kamna Sachdeva and AK Joshi


Governance and Laws of Mountains; Flavia Witkowski Frangetto


Global Change and Sustainable Mountain Tourism: The Case of Mount Kenya; Irandu Evaristus M

Managing Ecosystem Services for Enhancing Climate Change Adaptation in the Hindu Kush Himalayas; Nakul Chettri, Golam Rasul and Eklabya Sharma

Future Sustainability Challenges in Hindu Kush-Himalaya: Adaptation Challenges to Global Changes in Hindu Kush-Himalaya; Janak Pathak

Climate Change and its Impacts on Community Food and Livelihood in Kumaun Himalaya: A Case Study of Dabka Catchment; Pradeep K Rawat and Prakash C Tiwari

Land Use/Cover Changes in the Kewer Gadhera Sub-Watershed, Central Himalaya; Vishwambhar Prasad Sati

Hindu Kush, Karakorum, Himalaya and Tibetan Plateau Glaciers: Tipping Point; Iqbal Syed Hasnain

Glacier Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs) – Mapping the Hazard of a Threat to High Asia and Beyond; Manfred F. Buchroithner and Tobias Bolch

Impact of Socioeconomic Factors and Environmental Changes on Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands; Jürgen Breuste and Lalitha Dissanayake

High Tatra – The Challenges of Natural Disaster Recovery and Complex Changes; Maros Finka and Tatiana Kluvankova

Local Responses to Global Change: Community Alternatives for "good living" in Latin America; David Barkin

Projected Climate Change and Variability and Their Impact on the Canadian Rocky Mountains; Kaz Higuchi and Fiona Joncas

Environmental and Socio-Economic Changes in the Rural Andes: Human Resilience and Adaptation Strategies; Christoph Stadel

Climate Change and the Rocky Mountains; James M. Byrne, Daniel Fagre, Ryan MacDonald and Clint C. Muhlfeld

Climate Change Impacts on the North Western Andean (NOA) and Western (Cuyo) Andean Regions of Argentina; H.D Ginzo and A. Faggi

Impact of Global Changes on Mountains: Case Study of Brazil; Sérgio Murari Ludemann

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NATURE / Ecology
SCIENCE / Environmental Science