Christian Huggel

portrait PD Dr. Christian Huggel

Glaciology and Geomorphodynamics
Geographisches Institut - Physical Geography
Universität Zürich
Winterthurerstr. 190
CH-8057 Zürich

Phone: +41 (0) 44 635 51 75
Phone2: +41 (0) 44 635 51 11
Fax: +41 (0) 44 635 68 48
E-mail: christian.huggel(at)
URL Institution:
Personal URL: link
Phone: +41 (0) 44 635 51 75
Phone2: +41 (0) 44 635 51 11
Fax: +41 (0) 44 635 68 48
E-mail: christian.huggel(at)
URL Institution:
Personal URL: link

Additional functions:
lead author IPCC-AR5 WGII;
Chair of Joint IACS-IAVCEI Commission on Volcano-Ice Interactions (CVII)(2011)
Vice-chair of joint IACS-IPA Standing Group on Glacier and Permafrost Hazards in Mountains (GAPHAZ)

Expertise of Christian Huggel:
Expertise CategorySpecific Expertise
ScopeImpact of Change
Vulnerability to Change
Adaptation Measures to Change
Topic CryosphereGlaciers
Permafrost / Solifluction
Topic Risk & Disaster ManagementPrevention of Risks and Natural Hazards
Fundamental Knowledge
Spatial ZonesMountain / Highland
Spatial ScaleGlobal / Hemispheric

Specialties of Christian Huggel:
Climate impacts, risks and adaptation.
Detection of observed changes and attribution to climate change for natural and coupled socio-environmental systems (IPCC WGII)
Climate change impacts and adaptation in the Peruvian Andes, with the thematic fields of water resources, food security, disasters. Climate change impacts on high-mountain systems, in particular with reference to natural hazards, ways of adaptation, in the Alps, North and South America, Himalayas.
Some of the above work is conducted in programmes of the Swiss Government in collaboration with the Gov't of Peru. A consortium of 6 Swiss research institutions is collaborating with Peruvian institutions on different aspects of climate change impacts and adaptation. The Swiss consortium is led by the University of Zurich. This programme is a sort of pilot programme on climate change adaptation in mountain regions for the Swiss international cooperation (funded by DEZA/SDC). Further projects with the World Bank and the Comunidad Andina are aiming at developing guidelines for how to build scientific base lines for climate change adaptation projects. This is currently an important gap that exists on the international level. Other research projects, e.g. within the new Swiss NRP61, are focusing on impacts of glacier retreat on water resources, specifically with new (glacier) lakes, and aims at building a basis for current and future management of such situations, considering aspects of hydropower and tourism.

Last update: 9/10/18
Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2018)

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