Global Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Environments (GLORIA)

Global Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Environments (GLORIA)Global Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Environments (GLORIA)Alpine species and environments are expected to react highly sensitive to climate change. Due to the ongoing climate warming subnival-nival species and species with narrow distribution ranges could become extinct due to an increasing pressure by species from lower altitudes. Within the international network GLORIA (The Global Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Environments) climate change impacts on mountain summits of selected target regions are analyzed. As partners in the network, we are responsible for two target regions in South Tyrol, Northern Italy: Dolomites (IT_ADO) and Nature Park Texelgruppe (IT_TEX). In each target region 4 summits have to be selected along an altitudinal gradient from the treeline ecotone to the subnival-nival zone according to a standardized protocol. For sampling methods see GLORIA manual. The first recordings in the Dolomites were performed in 2001, the second in 2006, the third in 2008. In the Nature Park Texelgruppe the monitoring was started in 2003, the re-visitation will be performed in 2011.

Research Questions

  • How does species richness and composition change throughout the years?
  • Is there any evidence for species immigrations from lower altitudes?
  • Are endemic species threatened by climate warming?
  • Are subnival-nival species threatened by climate warming?

Additional informations: www.gloria.ac.at

Funding

  • GLORIA-EU-Project no. EVK2-CT-2000-00056  (2001-2003)
  • Amt für Naturparke der Autonomen Provinz Bozen-Südtirol (2003-2004; 2017)
  • Abteilung Forstwirtschaft der Autonomen Provinz Bozen-Südtirol (2006)
  • Tiroler Wissenschaftsfonds (2006)
  • GLORIA co-ordination group Vienna (2008)
  • Südtiroler Landesregierung (2008)
  • Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung der Autonomen Provinz Bozen-Südtirol (2011)


Personnel involved
Martin Mallaun
Peter Unterluggauer
Lena Nicklas
Brigitta Erschbamer

Cooperation
Eckart Winkler, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ, Leipzig, Germany  

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