Using data from 2000 to 2018, this scientific institution created a map of global snow coverage using high-resolution satellite imagery, field measurements, and simulation models.
The result reveals a worrying situation because the duration of the snow season is shorter especially in mountainous areas above 4,000 meters of altitude.
"Over the years these phenomena have been adding up and are now highly visible," the EURAC researcher Claudia Notarnicola said, explaining that high mountain areas are important because they operate as "sentinels" that warn of global ecological transformations.
"Changes in snow cover and duration have consequences in several sectors... The first direct impact is on available water resources for the downstream areas... Another relevant impact is on the seasonality of vegetation and related implications from wildlife population," she added.