The climate guide is your multimedia companion, which will open up to you a completely new way of seeing the Jungfrau region of the Bernese Oberland. It shows you the effects of climate change and explains scientists’ current state of understanding about the subject, all in an area where the impact of climate change is already visible today.
You can load a shorter version of the climate guide onto your iPhone. Just click on the App Store icon.
The complete climate guide can only be obtained in the Jungfrau region. It can be hired for 20 francs a day. You can find information about it here:
The Jungfrau climate guide consists of a total of 43 hotspots on seven climate paths. These paths are spread throughout the whole of the Jungfrau region, i.e. in Grindelwald, Wengen and Mürren. They have been marked in on maps drawn to the scale of 1:25,000. The GPS facility shows you exactly where you are at any particular time. As soon as you reach a hotspot, you’ll get an acoustic alert.
This path gives you a wonderful view of the Lower and Upper Grindelwald glaciers.
The things you will learn at its seven hotspots include why the glaciers have kept advancing and retreating since the last Ice Age, and why in the last 1,000 years there has never been such a pronounced and rapid retreat as there has been over the last 150 years.
Other topics: The causes of the current changes in climate and why the Alps are particularly sensitive to them.
There is scarcely any other place in the whole of the Alps where the connection between climate change and natural hazards can be seen as clearly as it can here, high above the Lower Grindelwald glacier.
At seven hotspots you will learn what triggered a spectacular rockfall on the Eiger, why the resulting glacier lake is a hazard, and how the picture of a mountain hut on the edge of an abyss became the symbol of what could be the dramatic consequences of climate change in Europe.
You can hear what natural hazard expert Hansruedi Keusen and the landlord of the Bäregg restaurant, Hansruedi Burgener, among others, have to say about it.
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The complete climate guide, which you can hire in the Jungfrau region, contains a wealth of further information in addition to the climate paths. The so-called bonus material consists of texts, images, interviews and films on the subject of climate change and climate research.
For example, it includes 3 films about Europe’s highest research station.
On the climate guide we tell you the history of the research station and describe two selected areas of research – glaciology and “Global Atmosphere Watch”, which observes and measures the atmosphere.