DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)
part of the Research Training Group NatRiskChange
2018 - 2022
Glaciated high alpine areas such as the Upper Ötztal in Tyrol, Austria, are affected disproportionately by global warming. As glaciers continue to melt and precipitation regimes are projected to shift towards higher occurrences of intense summer rainstorms, sediment dynamics may also be altered. This in turn has implications for water quality, hydropower generation and ecological habitats as well as natural hazard both within high alpine areas (e.g. debris flows) and beyond (e.g. altered flood hazard due to downstream sedimentation).
The project aims to understand present and past sediment dynamics in the study area of the Ötztal in Tyrol, Austria, in order to enable assessments of future changes in sediment dynamics.
Projekt partners are the University of Innsbruck, the Tiroler Wasserkraft AG and Hydrographischer Dienst Tirol.