Happy New Year! We hope you have had a good start to 2018.
Here at the MRI Coordination Office we have a busy year ahead, with many developments planned. These will be unveiled over the course of 2018. Watch this space!
Meanwhile, in this January edition of our newsletter we present the latest stories, publications, and opportunities from across the global mountain research network.
Enjoy your read.
COMING UP ON THE MRI'S AGENDA JANUARY-MARCH 2018
January: 8th Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Programme Board Meeting, 31 January - 1 February, WMO Geneva, Switzerland.
February: Second lead authors meeting (LAM2) and public outreach events for the IPCC Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC), 12-16 February, Quito, Ecuador. March: Second meeting of the MRI Principal Investigators and MRI Strategy Meeting, 6 March, Bern, Switzerland.
Management Committee and Executive Board meeting of the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA), 23-25 March, Kathmandu, Nepal.
A new technical document from GAPHAZ aims to provide clear guidance on the assessment of hazards related to glaciers and permafrost – thereby protecting the lives and livelihoods of people living in mountain regions across the globe. As mountain landscapes rapidly warm and change, the threats to those living on and around them also evolve. Contemporary transformations in mountain glaciers and permafrost can lead to catastrophic mass flows, such as ice and rock avalanches, para- or periglacial debris flows, and floods from glacial lakes.
Taking place 4-6 June 2018 in Moscow, this thematic conference's rich and varied programme has plenty to offer the mountain research community.
Held under the auspices of the International Geographical Union (IGU), Geography and XXI Century Challenges is a thematic conference dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The Swiss Polar Institute has launched a new funding instrument to support early-career scientists to take field trips to polar regions.
The Polar Access Fund is open to any doctoral student or early post-doctoral researcher based at a Swiss university or research institution, and aims to enable young researchers to undertake their first field trip to a polar region.
The journal Climate Change Responses is now accepting submissions for a special thematic series on 'Mechanisms underlying dynamics of montane ecosystems and species in an era of climate variability and change.'
This special series is looking for papers examining the interactions between abiotic and biotic processes in montane ecosystems from community, species, and genetic perspectives; all taxonomic focuses are welcome.
Young researchers are encouraged to contribute to innovative research in the field of disaster risk through this exciting, capacity building Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) program.
IRDR is a global, trans-disciplinary research program, sponsored by the ICSU, the ISSC, and the UNISDR, that focuses on the challenges brought by natural disasters, mitigating their impacts, and improving related policy-making mechanisms.
In June 2018, the 1st European Symposium on Livestock Farming in Mountain Areas will be held in South Tyrol, Italy.
This event aims to cover a broad range of topics, including animal husbandry and breeding, agricultural economics, landscape conservation, and social sciences related to mountain livestock. Research contributions from all relevant disciplines are welcome.
Submissions are invited for an upcoming focus collection of the journal Environmental Research Letters entitled ‘Environmental Research Infrastructures: New Scientific Capabilities to Address Global Challenges.'
Cooperative and interdisciplinary contributions are sought that pull together ideas from ecology, biogeochemistry, Earth sciences, and/or social sciences.
Check out the latest blog posts from members of our global mountain research community.
LICHEN PERSISTENCE AND EVOLUTION IN DRAKENSBERG FOREST FRAGMENTS To date, there has been almost no research on lichen biogeography, survival strategies, persistence, and the mechanics of gene flow in South Africa’s ancient Drakensberg mountain landscape. Afromont is therefore preparing to initiate a small study on mountain forest lichens on the Drakensberg escarpment.
AFRI-SKY-FOR: SAVING AFRICAN TROPICAL MONTANE FORESTS A new, innovative research project will create the first synthetic overview of four key aspects of African tropical montane forests: the ecosystem services generated, current and future threats, a model of their socio-ecological functioning, and an overview of possible management recommendations that promote sustainable resource provision.
PECSII CONFERENCE - TOWARDS A MORE RESILIENT WORLD "I left the conference thinking that we still have a chance to spark transformations," says MRI SLC member Catherine Tucker of the PECSii conference, at which participants from across the globe explored social-ecological predicaments and possibilities for constructive development.
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A new article published in Nature Geoscience reports on the massive collapse of two adjacent glaciers in western Tibet in July and September 2016, leading to an unprecedented pair of giant low-angle ice avalanches.
Published in Global Change Biology, this article reviews evidence for three types of lag in the responses of mountain plant communities to climate change, and develops a mechanistic community model to illustrate how species turnover in future communities might lag behind simple expectations based on species range shifts with unlimited dispersal.
This article published in Royal Society Open Science illustrates how glacial archeology is uncovering unprecedented historical data on high-elevation human activity as a result of melting perennial ice.
Do you have an idea for how to spark sustainable transformations in Africa and around the world? The organisers of the upcoming 'Seedbeds of Transformation: the role of science with society and the SDGs in Africa' conference in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, are looking for projects that seek to develop prototype solutions to complex challenges in Africa and beyond. These creative projects should bring together participants from diverse research disciplines and from across society.
Future Earth and its partners will fund up to 20 SDG labs led by innovators at African instutions. The deadline for applications is 16 February.
AfroMont Mountain Research and News Digest, January 2018
AfroMont, an online knowledge-sharing platform, was initiated in 2007 by the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) in Switzerland to focus attention on the diverse issues and challenges facing the mountainous regions of Africa. The specific aim of Afromont is to showcase experiences from research, field projects and best practice in sustainable mountain development and climate change adaptation in African countries, which may be useful or implemented in other countries on the continent.
A new thrust for 2018 will be to engage with African media to support the investigative reporting of a wide range of climate change, social, ecological and sustainable development issues in Africa as they relate to mountains.
Presentación de la IAM en el marco de la Reunión Global de la Alianza para las Montañas en Roma.
Los siete gobiernos de los países de Los Andes: Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Perú y Venezuela, han consolidado una plataforma regional de trabajo denominada Iniciativa Andina de Montañas (IAM). El objetivo principal de la IAM es la articulación de las distintas acciones, estrategias y políticas que se está implementando en las zonas montañosas de los países andinos a nivel regional, nacional y local. El 2018 será un gran año para el desarrollo de nuevas propuestas y la consolidación del Plan de Acción para los Andes.
Los expertos seleccionados para el Informe especial sobre el océano y la criosfera en un clima cambiante (SROCC) del Grupo Intergubernamental de Expertos sobre el Cambio Climático (IPCC) , se reunirán en Quito, Ecuador, entre el 12 y 16 de febrero del 2018, para la segunda conferencia de autores del informe especial. La conferencia cuenta con eventos de alcance al público sobre el cambio climático en zonas de montaña, en los cuales habrán presentaciones de CONDESAN y MRI.