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Climate adaptation services: Integrating land information to support mountain communities
Group: University of Twente, Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-information Management
Promotor: Prof.dr.ir. J.A. Zevenbergen
All aspects of human life and nature are potentially affected by climate change, with impacts being amplified in mountainous regions. Mountains are the living space of about 12% of the world’s population, and it is estimated that 40% of people worldwide depend on mountains for some form of service or good including fresh water, hydroelectricity, timber, biodiversity, minerals, and recreation. An important part of achieving sustainable development of mountain people appears to be the establishment of accessible information systems in these regions. Different mountain information systems are being developed worldwide aiming at providing versatile services to decision and policy makers at international, national and local levels. This research aims to investigate the relevance of integrated land and climate change IS in the form of a Land Information System (LIS) for vulnerable mountain communities; a LIS that provides climate adaptation services to reduce the vulnerability of those communities. LIS assists integration, management and dissemination of land and climate change information to contribute to adaptation to climate change.
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