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Helmholtz Research School
Mechanisms and Interactions of Climate Change in Mountain Regions

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At A-B-P/H- Interfaces

A dominant obstacle to an integrated approach of Climate Change disciplines is the large range in scale and scope in which the various sub-disciplines of Climate-Earth-System science formalize and describe their understanding of pertinent phenomena and processes. Collaboration is hindered by differences in scientific terms and concepts, differences in perception of what scales and processes are important, as well as differences in methodical conventions. 

MICMoR recognizes that Climate Change interactions in mountain regions can be comprehensively understood only by an integrative approach, requiring contributions from the entire field of atmosphere- biosphere- pedo-/hydrosphere research. As no single scientist can cover this field alone in sufficient depth, cross-disciplinary collaboration is needed for such an approach to succeed. Collaboration, however, must be based on literacy about the interfaces between disciplines, and on competence about exchange processes between the Atmosphere-Biosphere-Pedo-/Hydrosphere Earth-System compartments.

To stimulate, build and nurture cross-disciplinary communication and collaboration in the Atmosphere-Biosphere-Pedo-/Hydrosphere research community is the primary objective of MICMoR. We follow an inter-methodical programme that interlaces components of observational/experimental and theoretical/modelling studies; using in-situ measurements and remote sensing methods. The rationale behind this approach is the recognition that, in any research, investigations by multiple methods invariably lead to increased perspective and open the way for a more complete understanding of phenomena and processes.

Through MICMoR’s focus on interfaces, inter-disciplinarity and inter-methodical work, co-located on the TERENO-prealpine observatory, the programme compels scientists to bring their core-competence and different perspectives to bear on the same phenomena and objectives of research.


Assumed consequences of climate change for atmosphere-biosphere-pedo-/hydrosphere
processes (Source: IPCC Assessment Report 4, 2001).