Temperature

Temperature is a spatially highly variable component in mountain ranges due to fact that it lapses with altitude, complex winds and shading are present in valleys, and radiation budgets can vary locally. As the state of matter of water is determined by the temperature, it dictates where glaciers will form, where rain will fall and where evaporation takes place.

To gain insight in the spatial and temporal variability of temperature our team performs many in situ measurements at varying elevations and does modelling to learn how changing temperature dynamics can affect glaciers, water availability to vegetation and river runoff.