Principal Investigator
Mountain Research Initiative



Christian Huggel is Professor at the Department of Geography at the University of Zurich, and leads the research group Environment and Climate: Impacts, Risks and Adaptation.

Christian Huggel has previously held positions at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, ETH Zurich, University of Geneva, and has been a visiting researcher at the US Geological Survey in Anchorage, Alaska and at a number of research institutions in South America. He has been a science advisor and member of the Swiss delegation at the UNFCCC Conference of Parties. Currently, he leads several projects on climate impacts and adaptation in the tropical Andes, the Indian Himalayas, and the Alps, in collaboration with the Swiss and other national governments and international organizations. He is a Lead Author of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report – working on Chapter 12: Central and South America and the Cross-Chapter Paper on Mountains – and previously also served as a Lead Author on the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report.

Research Interests

KeywordsClimate Change, Hazards, Risks, Adaptation, Glaciers, Socio-Environmental Systems.

Christian Huggel’s research focuses on climate impacts, and risks and adaptation to climate change – mainly in mountain regions. His interest is to understand how climate and climate change affects environmental and socio-environmental systems, how these systems respond in the context of multiple drivers of change, and what changes can be attributed to climate change and other drivers. To adequately approach these research fields, he stresses the importance of an interdisciplinary perspective. In the past he has looked into glacier and other mountain hazards, such as glacier lake outburst floods, avalanches, and landslides; volcano-ice interactions; hazard, vulnerability, and risk assessments; integrated monitoring and early warning systems, and climate adaptation more generally. His geographic research areas include the European Alps, the Andes, Alaska, the Caucasus, and the Himalayas.


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