This program was formerly known as Of Mountains and Men in a Changing World.
This innovative program brings an interdisciplinary approach to the complex question of how climate change in mountainous regions affects both humans and nature. Combining methods and knowledge from the sciences, the humanities, and social sciences, this program welcomes students from all disciplines seeking novel, interdisciplinary approaches to complex questions.
Graduate and advanced undergraduate students will develop an understanding of how mountains are built, learn about alpine environmental degradation, and explore how nature and humans adapt together to changing circumstances. Current research on glaciology, landslides and new economic models will be at the center of discussions to provide a transdisciplinary perspective of the challenges faced by nature and humans.
The program will introduce students to:
- Historical transformation from pastoral activity to tourism
- Local economic development
- Protection and development of special mountain resources
- Urbanism and Arts
- Special adaptation of alpine fauna and fora
- Dynamic processes
- Alpine geology and Tectonics