Global Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Environments
Type of Structure: network / framework activity
Regional Scope: global
Parent Organisations: GTOS
Child Organisations:
Duration : 2000 to present
Contact Address: Prof. Georg Grabherr
Department of Conservation Biology, Vegetation- and Landscape Ecology
Faculty of Life Sciences
Universität Wien
Althanstrasse 14
AT-1090 Wien
Phone: +43 (0) 1 4277 54 370 ; +43 (0) 22 73 20 85
FAX: +43 (0) 1 4277 95 42
e-Mail: georg.grabherr(at)

holding an official function in GLORIA

General information and objectives

The aim of GLORIA is to establish an effective long-term observation network for detecting the effects of climate change on mountain biota on a global scale.

The alpine life zone represents the only biogeographic unit on land with a world-wide distribution. Thus, high mountain ecosystems provide a unique opportunity for comparative climate impact research.
The challenge of GLORIA is to implement a network of standardised monitoring settings in all major mountain systems on Earth. This can only be attained by applying a cost-effective and time-saving approach that is workable even under expedition conditions.

The Multi-Summit approach - GLORIA's basic strategy - will provide such a feasible method. This method is designed to compare biodiversity patterns along the fundamental climatic gradients, vertically as well as horizontally.

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Last update: 8/26/05
Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2020)

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