A Research Agenda for Tourism Geographies
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A Research Agenda for Tourism Geographies

Edited by Dieter K. Müller

In recent years, tourism geographies have developed into a vibrant field of research at the intersection of geography and tourism studies. The book presents a unique collection of individual research agendas aiming to inspire the pursuit of new avenues of research. Although there have been arguments to apply post-disciplinary perspectives within tourism research, this book highlights the interest and potential of tourism geographers to contribute to a geographical tradition and influence the future content of geography as a discipline.
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Chapter 15: Tourism and climate change

Robert Steiger

Abstract

This chapter addresses a major issue for tourism futures, i.e. the issue of climate change. Here the topic is discussed regarding the situation in the European Alps, a major region for alpine skiing, but also a region already hit by climate change. Hence, adaptation strategies such as artificial snowmaking have been practiced for a while, but climate change impacts differ greatly. Investments in snowmaking can be appropriateforkeeping or increasingcompetitiveness in some regions, but areless effective in other regions. It is likely that the ski market will contract as a result of climate change to the benefit of the remaining ski areas at least until the middle of the twenty-first century. Hence, simple coping mechanisms such as artificial snowmaking will not be capable ofsustaining skiing tourism in the region. This induces a situation where new questions have to be asked regarding the future of the Alps as a tourist destination.

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