Simon Allen

Simon Allen
University of Zurich | UZH · Department of Geography


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I am employed within research groups at both the Universities of Geneva and Zurich, where my projects focus upon the impact of climate change in various high mountain regions of the world. My research activities range from the assessment of flood and mass movement hazards, through to participatory studies engaging with local communities to understands adaptation needs relating to droughts and water scarcity. I have been engaged in various roles with IPCC since 2009.
Additional affiliations
February 2014 - present
University of Zurich
  • Research Associate
November 2009 - February 2014
Universität Bern
  • Science Officer - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
April 2006 - November 2009
University of Canterbury
  • PhD Student


Projects (5)
This project is s result of a multi-year trustful dialogue with countries in Central Asia and tremendous efforts of the UNESCO Almaty Office sciences team (led by Kristine Tovmasyan), who throughout the years followed up with the Adaptation fund secretariat, and the countries’ authorities to make this happen. I would like to also mention the contribution of the Zurich university team of experts (names – Simon Allen, Holger Frey and Christian Huggel), the international experts (names - Susan Legro and Alfred Diebold), as well as regional and local partners - each made its own contribution to the success of this initiative.
Dear colleagues, we cordially invite you to the take part in the upcoming first global conference and workshop on glacial lake outburst floods organised under the patronage of Glacier and Permafrost Hazards in Mountains (GAPHAZ) standing group Objectives: - Exchange the latest knowledge in GLOF research - Facilitate networking and coordination of effort in GLOF research - Initiate and stimulate discussion on challenges and ways forward For details and updates see:
The Adaptation at Altitude programme seeks to increase the resilience and adaptive capacity of mountain communities and ecosystems to climate change by: • Improving the knowledge of appropriate climate change adaptation strategies in the mountains • Transferring that knowledge through science–policy platforms to inform decision-making in national, regional and global policy processes Adaptation at Altitude will foster exchange among the mountain areas of the world and seek short- and long-term solutions to the problems arising from climate change.