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Center for Global Mountain Safeguard Research

Center for Global Mountain Safeguard Research

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Over 900 million people worldwide live in mountain areas. Mountains are considered the water towers of the world and supply half the world's population with fresh water. Through applied and transdisciplinary research, the UN GLOMOS programme contributes to the conservation of natural and economic resources and consequently, the livelihoods of mountain areas.

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this picture shows the UN flag raising that took place on September 25th, 2020. The event marked the official establishment of the United Nations duty station in Bolzano, where the center Global Mountain Safeguard Research (GLOMOS) is jointly run by UNU-EHS and Eurac Research. Present to the event were (from left to right): GLOMOS directors Stefan Schneiderbauer and Joerg Szarzynski, South Tyrol governor Arno Kompatscher, UNU Vice-Rector for Europe and UNU-EHS’ Director Shen Xiaomeng, Eurac Research President Roland Psenner and Director Stephan Ortner.© Eurac Research - Annelie Bortolotti
GLOMOS experts collaborate daily with other Eurac Research institutes promoting knowledge sharing as well as the application of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research in international contexts. This picture shows GLOMOS and Eurac’s Alpine Environment staff visiting the LT(S)ER: Open air laboratory Matsch/Mazia© Eurac Research - Paola Fontanella Pisa
From 17th to 19th October 2018, Eurac Research hosted the GLOMOS Kick-off Workshop, an international conference with 150 experts between researchers, practitioners and UN representatives. The workshop addressed the topic “Global Mountain Safeguard Research”.© Eurac Research
In September 2019 Eurac Research and GLOMOS have signed a Memorandum of Understandings with the Afromontane Research Unit of the University of Free State in South Africa. Together, they investigate highland-lowland interactions, and the management of major catchment areas in Lesotho and South Africa and the drainage area downstream© Eurac Research - Annalie Bortolotti
United Nations University Vice Rector Xiaomeng Shen meets South Tyrol governor Arno Kompatscher to exchange views with him, our President Roland Psenner and the two heads of the program GLOMOS Stefan Schneiderbauer and Joerg Szarzynski about current projects and future plans.© Eurac Research - Annelie Bortolotti

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Staff members (at the Bolzano Office)
1 with a PhD degree
Ongoing projects
4 with international partners
Journal publications
Presentations at scientific conferences

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Research Fields

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Climate risk analysis and adaptation

Climate risk analysis and adaptation options in mountain social-ecological systems

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Sustainable management of mountain catchments

Sustainable management of mountain catchments including nature-based solutions

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Emergency response preparedness

Emergency response preparedness, including multi-hazard early-warning systems and anticipatory action

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Sustainable governance and community resilience

Sustainable governance and community resilience in mountain regions and their connected lowlands

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News & Events

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Mountain Innovation Fair 2023


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SDC Project Armenia

lncreasing resilience of the most vulnerable climate-affected communities in Kotayk, Armenia

Funding: Public institutions (Other projects ...

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Institute's Projects

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Rapporto Migrazioni Alto Adige 2020