The Alpine region is especially sensitive to climate change and because of the restricted nature of the area available for habitation, people are particularly affected by natural hazards. Increased mobility, more intensive exploitation of permanently inhabited areas and new developments in tourism increase the risk of damage caused by floods, debris flows, landslides and avalanches.
Many experts are increasingly of the opinion that climate change is an additional source of uncertainty in this area. The transnational project AdaptAlp in which the European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen (EURAC) is involved as a project partner, is currently exploring possible ways of finding sustainable responses to the effects of climate change in the Alpine region.
The internet platform “on_alp_exchange” is the latest initiative which has been set up to allow practitioners, experts and technicians to set up links amongst themselves. This platform can be accessed via the AdaptAlp website (http://www.adaptalp.org) by clicking on the item in the “Links” section.
“There is already a steady electronic exchange between scientists and researchers via the web. The point of this platform however is to allow practitioners in particular to exchange ideas, to gain an insight into other organisations working in the same area, to gather information as well as to add to their own knowledge. Of course people have wanted to do this for some time, but up to now there hasn’t been any easy way of making contact”, explained Gernot Koboltschnig from the Carinthia Water Management Department, which is also the home of the international research community INTERPRAEVENT. Their web site is also linked to “on_alp_exchange” and will continue to allow access to the platform even after the end of the AdaptAlp project.
The target group for this initiative includes practitioners and experts, and also administrative staff in the fields of flood defence construction, control structures for mountain streams and avalanches, geology, risk prevention and disaster management.
Interested parties are now invited to register on the exchange platform “on_alp_exchange” by clicking on the item in the “Links” section of http://www.adaptalp.org. The site is in both English and German, and will feature transnational vacancies covering the whole of the Alpine region as well as a list of experts keen on arranging a work exchange.
Field reports complete the website, which has been deliberately kept simple to allow ease of navigation. The platform is designed to enhance the international collaboration of experts dealing with the prevention of natural hazards. Constant adaptation to accommodate the consequences of climate change and the long-term protection of lives, areas of habitation and the infrastructure of the Alpine area are the overriding aims of this initiative.
PR of MCC: Carbon removal from atmosphere unavoidable for 1.5 degree target
22.05.2018 | Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) gGmbH
Monitoring lava lake levels in Congo volcano
16.05.2018 | Seismological Society of America
At the LASYS 2018, from June 5th to 7th, the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) will be showcasing processes for the laser material processing of tomorrow in hall 4 at stand 4E75. With blown bomb shells the LZH will present first results of a research project on civil security.
At this year's LASYS, the LZH will exhibit light-based processes such as cutting, welding, ablation and structuring as well as additive manufacturing for...
There are videos on the internet that can make one marvel at technology. For example, a smartphone is casually bent around the arm or a thin-film display is rolled in all directions and with almost every diameter. From the user's point of view, this looks fantastic. From a professional point of view, however, the question arises: Is that already possible?
At Display Week 2018, scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP will be demonstrating today’s technological possibilities and...
So-called quantum many-body scars allow quantum systems to stay out of equilibrium much longer, explaining experiment | Study published in Nature Physics
Recently, researchers from Harvard and MIT succeeded in trapping a record 53 atoms and individually controlling their quantum state, realizing what is called a...
The historic first detection of gravitational waves from colliding black holes far outside our galaxy opened a new window to understanding the universe. A...
A team led by Austrian experimental physicist Rainer Blatt has succeeded in characterizing the quantum entanglement of two spatially separated atoms by observing their light emission. This fundamental demonstration could lead to the development of highly sensitive optical gradiometers for the precise measurement of the gravitational field or the earth's magnetic field.
The age of quantum technology has long been heralded. Decades of research into the quantum world have led to the development of methods that make it possible...
02.05.2018 | Event News
13.04.2018 | Event News
12.04.2018 | Event News
23.05.2018 | Life Sciences
23.05.2018 | Life Sciences
23.05.2018 | Physics and Astronomy