Christian Huggel is at the the Department of Geography, University of Zurich and leads there the research group Climate & Environment: Impacts, Risks and Adaptation (Eclim). He has been working in mountain regions and the cryosphere worldwide, including the European Alps, the Andes, Mexico, Alaska, the Caucasus and the Himalayas. Currently he leads several projects on climate impacts and adaptation in the tropical Andes, in particular Peru, the Indian Himalayas and the Alps, in collaboration with the Swiss and national governments.
He is a Lead Author of the IPCC Working Group II 5th Assessment Report and has been a science advisor and member of the Swiss delegation at the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP). He has published in about 30 scientific top journals in a wide range of disciplines, underlining his interest in interdisciplinary research, including the bridging of natural and social sciences.
He is the Vice-Chair of the Standing Group on Glacier and Permafrost Hazards in Mountains (GAPHAZ) of the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS) and the International Permafrost Association (IPA), and the past Chair, and member of the Executive Committee of the Joint Commission on Volcano-Ice Interactions of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI) and the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS).
He is an editor of several journals, conference proceedings and books in the field of climate change, impacts, risks and adaptation, and has served as organizer of diverse workshops and conference sessions.