High-altitude and high-latitude environments, Earth’s sentinels of climate change, are undergoing rapid and unprecedented transformations. These transformations are of global, regional and local relevance for natural ecosystems, the built environment and human well-being.
ALPOLE ’s mission is to address key challenges related to environmental change in high-altitude and high-latitude regions both in Switzerland and in other sentinel locations worldwide.
Researchers at ALPOLE focus on improving process-based understanding and predictions of climate-induced impacts on the environment, investigating environmental adaptation to climatic changes, and exploring mitigation and adaption strategies.
ALPOLE is part of and substantially expands the Institute of Environmental Engineering (IIE) of the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC) in terms of research and teaching.
- EERL – Extreme Environments Research Laboratory – Ingvar Kamprad Chair, Prof. Julia Schmale, started 1 December 2019
- ECEO – Computational Environmental Science and Engineering, Prof. Devis Tuia, started 1 September 2020
- Catchment Science and Engineering (search to be opened in 2020-2021)
- Environmental Adaption (search to be opened in 2020-2021)
- Stream Biofilms and Ecosystems (Prof. T. Battin, https://www.epfl.ch/labs/sber/)
Several research groups from cognate scientific disciplines within IIE will be co-located with ALPOLE at Sion, creating a large (around 200 people) and synergistic research effort on climate-driven environmental changes and adaptions.
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