Diaz, H. F., M. Grosjean, and L. Graumlich, 2003: Climatic variability and change in high elevation regions: Past, present and future. Climatic Change, 59, 1-4. Reprinted in Climate Variability and Change in High Elevation Regions: Past, Present and Future, H. Diaz (ed.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1-4.


This special issue of Climatic Change contains a series of research articles, arising from papers that were presented and discussed at a workshop held in Davos, Switzerland on 25-28 June 2001. The workshop was titled 'Climate Change at High Elevation Sites: Emerging Impacts', and was convened to reprise an earlier conference on the same subject that was held in Wengen, Switzerland in 1995 (Diaz et al., 1997). The Davos meeting had as its main goals, a discussion of the following key issues: (1) reviewing recent climatic trends in high elevation regions of the world, (2) assessing the reliability of various biological indicators as indicators of climatic change, and (3) assessing whether physical impacts of climatic change in high elevation areas are becoming evident, and to discuss a range of monitoring strategies needed to observe and to understand the nature of any changes.