MRI Global Newsletter | March 2018

MRI Global Newsletter | March 2018

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MRI Global Newsletter

March 2018


March 2018 | Spring Forward

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Earlier this month, the MRI’s Principle Investigators met with me in Bern to continue to develop and realign the MRI’s strategy for 2018/19 and beyond. We are now in the process of finalizing this and hope to be able to share it with you soon. There will be important announcements there on what we hope will be new ways to facilitate greater collaboration and participation within the mountain research community across the globe, and we look forward to your active engagement.

Towards the end of March, I was in Kathmandu, Nepal, meeting with colleagues at ICIMOD to discuss various ongoing collaborations such as our work on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework for monitoring and reporting on sustainable mountain development, which we are undertaking in the context of the Swiss Development Cooperation's 'Promoting Sustainable Mountain Development for Global Change (SMD4GC)' program. While in Kathmandu, I also attended the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA) Management Committee Meeting, where I had the opportunity to present on the work of the UIAA's own Mountain Protection Commission and discuss with UIAA board members the strategic potential of linking to the mountain research community via MRI for their future projects and research needs. Finally, I was invited to give a talk at the Global Adventure and Mountaineering Conference and Expo (GAMCE) 2018, organised by the Nepal Tourism Board among others, where I had the opportunity to share ideas and link to new prospects for mountain research in the context of tourism and recreation. These prospects and ideas will be shared with the mountain research community by MRI at the upcoming Sustainable Summits Conference (SSC) 2018 in Chamonix, France, in June, and at the next SSC conference envisaged to take place in 2020 in Nepal.

We also continue to be actively involved in the high mountains chapter of the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC), where significant progress is being made. We would like to take this opportunity to encourage your participation in the development of this key publication by sharing your relevant, peer-reviewed mountain literature with us. You can also play an important role in this process by providing an expert review of the report’s First Order Draft. Further details, including information on important deadlines and how to submit your literature, can be found in the article below.

Plus, read on to discover the latest stories, publications, and opportunities from across the global mountain research community.

Kind regards,

Carolina Adler,
Executive Director MRI



  • Swiss Polar Day, 4 April, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Mountain Partnership Steering Committee Meeting, 23-24 April, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy.
  • UIAA and IFMGA Environmental Commissions Meeting, 26-27 April, Samnaun, Switzerland.
  • Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) 3rd Data Providers Workshop, 2 May, ESA-Frascati, Italy.
  • International Mountains Conference 2019 Scientific Steering Committee Meeting, 3-4 May, Innsbruck, Austria.
  • UIAA Mountain Protection Commission Meeting, 18-19 May, Lake District, UK.
  • MRI / GEO-Global Network for Observations and Information in Mountain Environments Workshop, 23-25 May, Bern, Switzerland.


Call for Participation | IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC)

IPCC SROCC participation callRelevant peer-reviewed literature and expert reviewers are sought for the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). 

As part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) sixth assessment cycle, the IPCC SROCC is currently being written and is to be completed and published by the end of 2019. 

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REMINDER: Special Issue of Remote Sensing on Mountain Remote Sensing

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This publication aims to provide an overview of state-of-the-art remote sensing methodologies and their application in mountain regions, and demonstrate how remote sensing can contribute to an improved understanding of environmental dynamics in mountains.

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Call for Participation | Functional Ecology of Alpine Soils

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The primary focus of this call is to make the first global assessment of the response of alpine soil microbial communities to perturbations associated with climate extremes.

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Call for Abstracts: Climate Change in Mountainous Areas

colorado 113761 1280A session on 'Climate Change in Mountainous Areas' will take place during the European Meteorological Society annual meeting in Budapest, Hungary.

Contributions in connection with mountain climate, climate change, changing climate-extreme events, natural disasters, and other climate-related socioeconomic impacts are welcome. Abstract submission deadline is 13 April 2018.

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Save the Date | Global Mountain Safeguard: Emerging Risks and Future Challenges for Mountain Regions Worldwide

Announcement Conference GLOMOS

Eurac Research and the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security are organizing a workshop through their new joint program, Global Mountain Safeguard Research (GLOMOS). 

The workshop will serve as a platform for communication and exchange on issues surrounding disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, and emergency response preparedness in mountain regions.

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International Workshop on Cryospheric Changes & Their Regional & Global Impacts

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The workshop will be held in Dunhuang, China, 31 July to 1 August 2018.

The focus of the workshop will be on existing capabilities to model and assess cryospheric changes, mitigation and adaptation strategies in a rapidly changing cryosphere, eco-social sustainability, and the role of the cryosphere in the earth’s future.

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Co-funded Small Grants Program for the Americas

clouds 3030063 1920This small grants program from the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research aims to link science and policy to achieve social-ecological sustainability and human welfare goals.

Members of the scientific community are encouraged to consider a regional approach to research in mountain areas that responds to this call, and helps connect across countries and disciplines.

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Internship Opportunity at GRID-Arendal

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Are you a student interested in a career addressing climate and environmental changes in mountain regions? Then a Student Internship at GRID-Arendal could be an excellent opportunity.

For its internship program in autumn 2018 and spring 2019, GRID-Arendal is looking for students with a range of interest areas, including climate change vulnerability and adaptation in polar and mountain environments. 

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AfroMont News - March 2018

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This month's AfroMont news covers a range of topics, from the taxidermy of game animals to South Africa's looming water crisis. 

AfroMont is a communication and networking organisation interested in researching the science-policy and science-diplomacy issues relating to African mountains and sustainable mountain development, and communicating findings.

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Connect With The Mountain Research Community!


Connect!The MRI Expert Database contains over 10,000 people involved in mountain research, management, governmental and non-governmental institutions, and the private sector.

Don't forget to add or update your details for a chance to connect with colleagues all around the world!



Latest Posts | MRI Blogs

This month's MRI blogs were contributed by the Mountain Invasion Research Network (MIREN).

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Species have been reported to be moving poleward and upward in mountains as a result of climate change. With every passing year, the increasing speed at which this is occurring is also becoming apparent. However, new studies reveal that this species movement is often not as straightforward as it first appears.

Although the idea of investigating how species numbers vary with elevation is a rather old one, we still do not fully understand patterns of species richness and the mechanisms behind them. Can this investigation by MIREN shed some light on this?


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