The snow cover in the Pyrenees is essential for tourism sector, water resources management and the ecosystems. In contrast to last year snow season, winter 2018 already appears as a remarkable year for snow.
The Pyrenees mountain range is a great biodiversity reserve characterized by a high diversity of natural ecosystems and extraordinary species. The protected natural areas include an optimal representation of these ecosystems and species.
Mountains are very sensitive to the climate change. Usually, they have much less station density, and therefore, less information are known from the higher elevated areas. Additionally, measurements have troubles under more severe weather conditions raising the maintenance costs of high elevated stations.
On November 14th the OPCC, represented by Aitor Zulueta Telleria, Director of Natural Heritage and Climate Change at the Basque Government, took part in the High-Level Event on climate change adaptation in European mountain ranges. The event was part of the Conference of the Parties under the UN Framework on Climate Change (COP23) in Bonn.