Global Change and Risk from Natural Hazards in Mountain Resorts: A Case Study from Carpathians, Poland and Pirin Mountain, Bulgaria

Date: 2011-09-30 - 2014-09-30

Supervisor in IGSO PAS: Zofia Rączkowska

Contractors: Anna Bucała-Hrabia, Anna Budek, Michał Długosz, Małgorzata Kijowska-Strugała, Łukasz Wiejaczka

The project meets the necessity for higher coordination between the national, regional and European investigations on environmental changes under global change in two of the most sensitive mountains in Central and South East Europe: the Carpathians and the Pirin Mountains.

There are significant environmental changes in both mountains regions, expressed by changes in the precipitation regime and extreme natural phenomenon, loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services, land use and land cover changes, depopulation and concentration of tourist flow in mountain resorts which put in addition under great pressure some of the most valuable natural sites there.

The aim of this project is to investigate the effect of global (esp. climate) change on the current trends in the environmental changes and related to them risk from natural hazards for the mountain resorts in the Carpathians and Pirin mountains. The research focus on an assessment of the natural and anthropogenic factors which increase the risk from natural hazards in mountain resorts.

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