Carolina Adler (nee Roman)

Dr. Carolina Adler (nee Roman)
Executive Director, Mountain Research Initiative (MRI)
Mountain Research Initiative
University of Bern
Mittelstrasse 43
CH-3012 Bern

Phone: +41 (0) 31 631 51 41
E-mail: carolina.adler(at)
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Programs in which Carolina Adler (nee Roman) holds an official function:
ICASObserver / Guest2017 -
MRIExecutive Director2019 -

Additional functions:
Lead Author IPCC (SROCC, AR6)

Mountain Protection Commission - The International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA)

Key Publications of Carolina Adler (nee Roman) (up to ten) :
Adler, C., P. Wester, I. Bhatt, C. Huggel, G.E. Insarov, M.D. Morecroft, V. Muccione, and A. Prakash, 2022: Cross-Chapter
Paper 5: Mountains. In: Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Contribution of Working Group II to
the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [H.-O. Pörtner, D.C. Roberts, M. Tignor,
E.S. Poloczanska, K. Mintenbeck, A. Alegría, M. Craig, S. Langsdorf, S. Löschke, V. Möller, A. Okem, B. Rama (eds.)].
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK and New York, NY, USA, pp. 2273–2318, doi:10.1017/9781009325844.022

Adler, C., Balsiger, J., Grêt-Regamey, A., Heinimann, A., Huggel, C., Weingartner, R., Alcántara-Ayala, I., Gebrekirstos, A., Grau, R., Jimenez, E., Marchant, R., Mark, B., Marshall, S., Morin, S., Shahgedanova, M., Shrestha, M.S., & Xu, J. (2020). Making Connections for Our Changing Mountains: Future Directions for the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI). Mountain Research and Development, 40(3).

Thornton, J.M., Palazzi, E., Pepin, N.C., Cristofanelli, P., Essery, R., Kotlarski, S., Giuliani, G., Guigoz, Y., Kulonen, A., Pritchard, D., Li, X., Fowler, H.J., Randin, C.F., Shahgedanova, M., Steinbacher, M., Zebisch, M., and Adler, C. (2021). Toward a definition of Essential Mountain Climate Variables. One Earth. doi: 10.1016/j.oneear.2021.05.005

Shahgedanova, M., Adler, C., Gebrekirstos, A., Grau, H.R., Huggel, C., Marchant, R., Pepin, N., Vanacker, V., Viviroli, D., & Vuille, M. (2021). Mountain Observatories: Status and Prospects for Enhancing and Connecting a Global Community. Mountain Research and Development, 41(2).

Vij, S., Biesbroek, R., Adler, C., and Muccione, V. 'Climate Change Adaptation in European Mountain Systems: A Systematic Mapping of Academic Research.' Mountain Research and Development (2021):

Adler, C., Pomeroy, J., and Nitu, R. (2020). High Mountain Summit: Outcomes and Outlook. World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Bulletin, 69(1): 34-37.

Hock, R, Rasul G, Adler C, Cáceres B, Gruber S, Hirabayashi Y, Jackson M, Kääb A, Kang S, Kutuzov S, Milner AI, Molau U, Morin S, Orlove B, and Steltzer H. (2019). High Mountain Areas. In: Pörtner HO, Roberts DC, Masson-Delmotte V, Zhai P, Tignor M, Poloczanska E, Mintenbeck K, Alegría A, Nicolai M, Okem A, Petzold J, Rama B, Weyer NM, editors. IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate. In press.

Adler, C., et al. (2018). Monitoring Mountains in a Changing World: New Horizons for the Global Network for Observations and Information on Mountain Environments (GEO-GNOME). MRD, 38(3): 265-269.

Adler, C., Hirsch Hadorn, G., Breu, T., Wiesmann, U., & Pohl, C. (2017). Conceptualizing the transfer of knowledge across cases in transdisciplinary research. Sustainability Science.

Adler, C.E., & Hirsch Hadorn, G. (2014). The IPCC and treatment of uncertainties: topics and sources of dissensus. WIREs Climate Change, 5(5): 663–676.

Expertise of Carolina Adler (nee Roman):
Expertise CategorySpecific Expertise
Expert TypeApplied Sciences / Technologies / Engineering
Research Interface / Management
Process Studies
Causes of Change
Impact of Change
Vulnerability to Change
Adaptation Measures to Change
Mitigation of Change
Topic AtmosphereClimate
Topic CryosphereGlaciers
Snow Cover
Topic PedospherePedosphere
Topic Integrated SystemsLife Cycle
Topic Economy/ResourceUseFood Security
Land Cover / Land Use / Landscape
Topic Politics/LawMitigation / Prevention / Emission Reductions
Conventions / Protections
Regionalization / Globalization
Topic SocietyOrganisations / Institutions
Perception / Behaviour / Attitudes
Education / Communication / Participation
Topic Culture/HistoryEthics / Cultural Values
Topic SustainabilitySustainability
Topic Risk & Disaster ManagementTopic Risk and Disaster Management
Risk Assessment / Forecasting
Prevention of Risks and Natural Hazards
Spatial ZonesMountain / Highland
Spatial ScaleSpatial Scale
Global / Hemispheric
National / Cultural
Local / Community
Time FramePast
Recent / Today
Statistical FocusMean Change / Trends
MethodsData Collection - Measurement
Data Collection - Interviews, Questionnaires
Data Collection - Documents, Archives
Data Analysis
Literature Study
Policy Analysis and Formation
Applied Research / Technology
Integrated Assessment
Collaboration with developing and transition countries ; Capacity Building
Program Coordination / Management

Specialties of Carolina Adler (nee Roman):
Application of policy sciences in global (climate) change adaptation research, adaptive governance, science-policy interface.
  • Beurteilung der Unsicherheiten in den wissenschaftlichen Theorien und Fakten

  • Co-Produktion von Wissen

  • Einfluss von Werten und Rationalität auf Entscheidungsprozesse

  • Analyse der Wirksamkeit von Maßnahmen und Strategien zur Anpassung an den Klimawandel

  • Schnittstellen, Kommunikation und Zusammenarbeit zwischen Wissenschaft und Politik

  • Analyse der gesellschaftlichen Meinungen und Wahrnehmungen

  • Governance

    Last update: 11/16/22
    Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2022)

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