Alpine plants are losing their white “protective coat”
Snow cover in the Alps has been melting almost three days earlier per decade since the 1960s. This trend is temperature-related and cannot be compensated by heavier snowfall. By the end of the century, snow cover at 2,500 meters could disappear a month earlier than today, as simulations by environmental scientists at the University of Basel demonstrate.
The research was carried out by SPWS members Prof. Dr. Ansgar Kahmen, Dr. Erika Hiltbrunner and doctoral student Maria Vorkauf at the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Basel.
Uni Basel News