Mission Statement

The Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research (IGF) in Innsbruck is a research establishment of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW). The IGF team investigates the manifestations and impacts of global change processes (climate change and globalization) in mountain regions across the globe.

Using extensive data bases and models for observation and analysis, the IGF team explores the interaction of humans with the environment in mountain regions across the cryosphere (glaciers and permafrost), lithosphere (landslides), biosphere (biodiversity) and anthroposphere (population-geographical processes, land-use, land-cover and cultural landscape change, protected-area development).

On this basis and guided by hypotheses, the IGF creates possible future scenarios that in turn form the basis for developing adaptation strategies.

The IGF makes the majority of the captured data available to the scientific community and to society, using a variety of channels (publications, web-of-science-indexed journal eco.mont, events).