From 1971 to 2019, the Alps lost between 22 and 34 days of snow depending on the region. The study published in the journal The cryosphere and carried out by 20 institutions from six countries crossed by the mountain range portrays an alarming situation. According to climatologists, this is just the beginning.
Scientists analyzed data from more than 2,000 stations across Switzerland, France, Austria, Germany, Italy and Slovenia. Europe’s largest mountain range loses an average of 8.4% of its snow cover each decade, the equivalent of about 20 centimeters in fifty years in the most affected areas. “This is how global warming affects our regions,” says Sven Kotlarski, climatologist for MeteoSwiss.