Spring is in the air, and with it a fresh burst of energy and activity for us here at the MRI coordination office!
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.
Carolina Adler, Executive Director MRI
COMING UP ON THE MRI'S AGENDA IN APRIL/MAY
Swiss Polar Day, 4 April, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.
Remote Sensing, an open access journal about the science and application of remote sensing technology, is inviting submissions for a special issue focused on mountains.
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.
A 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.
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.
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.
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.
This month's MRI blogs were contributed by the Mountain Invasion Research Network (MIREN).
LAGGING BEHIND 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.