The “absolutely massive” impact of climate change in the Alps is visible from space, according to new research.
The study, published in Science, was based on 38 years of satellite photos of all the iconic European mountain range.
Head of the study Professor Sabine Rumpf of the University of Basel said: “The magnitude of the change in the Alps has proven to be very massive.
Greening has been widely acknowledged in the Arctic but has not yet reached a considerable scale in mountainous areas.
The researchers excluded regions located below 1.700 metres in the context of their analysis – glaciers and forests.
Professor Grégoire Mariéthoz, also of the University of Lausanne, said: “For many years, local soils have shown that snowfall diminishes at low altitudes.