The Upper Stubachtal (Salzburg, Austria) and the surrounding glacial areas in the heart of todays national park Hohe Tauern has been a model research site for the relations between climate, glacier and water for more than half a century. As early as in the beginning of the 1960s, Heinz Slupetzky, Austrian geographer and glaciologist, established a main research in glaciology and glaciohydrological processes at the University of Salzbzrg.
The conducted long term research is integrated to global networks and monitoring systems such as LTER. Such long term ecosystem research is a main part of global efforts in understand ecosystems better and in ensuring a sustainable livelihood. All activities are in accordance with the climate and energy stategy Salzburg 2050.